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Mayan Bike Adventure

Mexico Cycle CHALLENGING
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About the Challenge

This incredible ride crosses the famed Yucatan peninsula, from the Gulf of Mexico via the renowned pyramid of Chichen Itza to finish on the Caribbean, at the Mayan ruins of Tulum.

A route packed with cultural highlights, it’s also a beautiful ride, as we pass tropical plantations, cattle ranches, colonial towns and colourful villages, with picture-perfect white-sand beaches awaiting us.

The route is generally flat, making this a perfect first cycle challenge, but the hot days in the saddle make the terrain feel much harder, and you will be glad to reach the warm blue waters of the Caribbean!


Mayan Bike Adventure

9 DAYS
  • We arrive in Cancun and transfer to our hotel for dinner and a briefing. Night hotel.

  • We get up for an early breakfast and transfer west towards Merida, where we start our ride before the heat really kicks in. Today’s ride is a gentle acclimatisation to the heat, taking us north through small villages to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. We can admire the views of the pam-fringed beach – a great start to our ride! Night hotel.

  • We ride west on quiet back-roads, passing cattle ranches and photogenic plantations of spiky sisal plants. We pass small villages, many with colourful houses and markets, and striking buildings. It’s a wonderful introduction to this region of Mexico, discovering rural daily life at a depth only possible when cycling through a region. We come to Izamal, a small colonial town with striking yellow-and-white buildings painted in Vatican colours after the Pope visited in 1992. Night hotel.

     

    Cycle approx. 58 miles

  • Back in our saddles, we head out into quiet rural landscapes dotted with small villages and towns, many with Mayan names and untouristed ruins which pay testament to the Mayan civilisation. Our day ends at possible the most well-known ruin in Yucatan – the impressive pyramid of Chichen Itza. We should have plenty of time to explore this archaeological site, and may get to witness the late afternoon sun creating the illusion of a snake creeping slowly down the northern staircase known as ‘the castle’. Night hotel.

     

    Cycle approx. 44 miles

  • More quiet, narrow roads today, as we head through villages and roads lined with lush forest and palms, dotted with colourful flat-roofed buildings. Children try to highfive us we pass, and we may see fruit-sellers at the roadsides. Valladolid is a cosmopolitan city scattered with beautiful colonial buildings such as the Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, and with cenotes (underground pools) which we may have time to visit. Night hotel.

     

    Cycle approx. 35 miles

  • The landscape changes before our eyes as we approach the Caribbean, riding through lusher landscapes with jungle, tall palms and plantations of tropical fruit. We should feel acclimatised to the heat now, and thoroughly enjoy this last day of cycling! We reach the historic town of Coba and load up the vehicles, where we transfer (approx. 45 mins) to Tulum, site of impressive cliff-top Mayan ruins and some amazing beaches! We head to a nearby beach to celebrate the end of our cross-Yucatan adventure! Night hotel.

     

    Cycle approx. 44 miles

  • Today you are free to relax! Discover the ruins of Tulum and enjoy the lovely beaches. We gather together for an evening of celebrations to mark our week. Night hotel.

     

    (Dinner not included)

  • We are free to explore, shop and relax until our transfer to Cancun and the airport.

     

    (Lunch and Dinner not included)

  • Arrive back in the UK.


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £449 Fundraising target £4,200 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £449 Fundraising target £3,200 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £449 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,875 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Cancun return
    • All meals except where specified and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctors with group of 15 or more participants; local guides/mechanics & drivers
    • Vehicle support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to Chichen Itza, Tulum and any other sites or Reserves included in itinerary
    • Beach club entry fees in Tulum
    • 21-speed mountain bike (Trek/Giant or equivalent)

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Three meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurances
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and 2 water bottles
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

     

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,300 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,300 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,925 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Cancun return
    • All meals except where specified and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctors with group of 15 or more participants; local guides/mechanics & drivers
    • Vehicle support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to Chichen Itza, Tulum and any other sites or Reserves included in itinerary
    • Beach club entry fees in Tulum
    • 21-speed mountain bike (Trek/Giant or equivalent)

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Three meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurances
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and 2 water bottles
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

     

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £4,300 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target £3,300 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £499 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,925 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    • All transport from London to Cancun return
    • All meals except where specified and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctors with group of 15 or more participants; local guides/mechanics & drivers
    • Vehicle support and back-up equipment
    • Entry to Chichen Itza, Tulum and any other sites or Reserves included in itinerary
    • Beach club entry fees in Tulum
    • 21-speed mountain bike (Trek/Giant or equivalent)

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Three meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurances
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Cycle helmet (compulsory) and 2 water bottles
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Airline taxes: we cap these so £250.00 is the maximum you will pay
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions

     

    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis in hotels or camp. Occasionally we may use hostel-style accommodation. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller.

  • Accommodation is usually in well-located, comfortable 2-3* hotel(s); standards are generally very good though there may be some variation.

  • The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we enjoy a buffet-style lunch-stop, other times we might have packed lunches. On some trips we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at the hotel, depending on accommodation. In some regions there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally on travel / free days, giving you the opportunity to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit different budgets.

    Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we may be in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. They are also trained in expedition first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides with a wealth of knowledge about the region; they have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip.

  • An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly, and encourage you when things get tough. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local customs and lifestyles. Not all support crew will speak English well, but are very friendly and approachable. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. 

    Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something! All our local crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the average wage in many countries we travel to is far below what you would spend on a normal night out.

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain.

    Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

  • For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow participants and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you!

Cycle Training Weekends

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£160 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Cycle Training Weekends take place in and around the valleys and ridges of the chalk downs around Salisbury. They are designed to gauge your fitness so that you can be confident you are well prepared for the challenge ahead!

MORE INFORMATION

grade | CHALLENGING (1)

Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

CHALLENGING trips involve full days of activity, and are designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, but are achievable for most people with a commitment to training and a can-do attitude.

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