Bring the whole family on this relaxing holiday on the Yucatán Peninsula. On this short but satisfying itinerary, you'll sunbathe and swim on the white sandy beaches of the Riviera Maya, spot wildlife in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, and explore the water-filled natural cave formations of  Rio Secreto.

Highlights

  • Enjoy Playa del Carmen's beaches, shops, and nightlife
  • Explore the underwater world of Rio Secreto
  • Discover native wildlife in Sian Ka'an, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Relax on the white sandy beaches of Cancún

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Cancún Playa del Carmen
Day 2 Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Playa del Carmen
Day 3 Free Day in Playa del Carmen Playa del Carmen
Day 4 Explore Rio Secreto Playa del Carmen
Day 5 Departure from Mexico  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Cancún! 

A white sandy beach in Cancún
The coastline of Cancún

Welcome to Mexico! You will be picked up at the international airport of Cancún, which is located in Quintana Roo, bordered by the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean. It's a place characterized by beautiful beaches with very fine white sand. After some time to relax, you'll move onto Playa del Carmen—a short drive south—where you'll be based for the rest of the trip. 

Day 2: Muyil - Sian Ka’an's Biosphere Reserve

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

Today, you'll go on an excursion to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. You will arrive at the community center early in the morning. From there, local guides will take you with the rest of the group to the archaeological site of Muyil to learn about its mysteries. You will walk through the jungle on an interpretive path that leads you to the edge of the Chunyaxche lagoon, notable for its deep turquoise color. 

Later, ride a motorboat through Sian Ka’an lagoon towards the mangrove. Navigate through its channels; you'll have a chance to take a dip in the water. After a leisurely lunch in a local restaurant, head back to town to relax at your hotel in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 3: Free Day in Playa del Carmen

The lively pedestrian promenade of Playa del Carmen

Enjoy a free day to explore Playa del Carmen in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Go for street tacos, relax on the beach, side-trip to nearby cenotes, or hang around the hotel pool. In the evening, go for a stroll on the busy pedestrian promenade, lined with shops, restaurants, and bars. 

Day 4: Explore Rio Secreto

Water-filled caves of Rio Secreto

After breakfast, you'll drive to Rio Secreto to see an extraordinary underground river. Home to thousands of stalactites and stalagmites, the area is eerily beautiful. Apart from learning about geological history, you'll have the chance to swim and hike inside the caves. Later, go back to the hotel in Playa del Carmen and live it up with one last night on the town before the trip ends.

Day 5: Goodbye México

Breakfast in Cancún, Mexico
Breakfast in Cancún, Mexico

After breakfast, your transportation will arrive to take you to the airport. Have a safe flight home!