What's included

  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, including a Yucatán cooking class
    10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, including a Yucatán cooking class
  • 10 nights’ accommodation based on twin rooms in boutique hotels with pools & spas
    10 nights’ accommodation based on twin rooms in boutique hotels with pools & spas
  • All activities, from kayaking to Mayan pyramids, included. Local Flash Pack guide
    All activities, from kayaking to Mayan pyramids, included. Local Flash Pack guide
  • Max 14 Flashpackers
    Max 14 Flashpackers
  • Private transfers on Day 1, private air-con minibus throughout
    Private transfers on Day 1, private air-con minibus throughout

Wild swim and free-dive in a series of stunning hidden grottoes at Sac Actun, the world’s largest underwater cave system. Kayak across the luminous waters of Laguna Bacalar lake, passing rare stromatolites and an ancient pirate fort. Join a day-long bike ride around the hip beach town of Tulum, with street food, street art and spectacular Mayan ruins. See bucket-list pyramids at Uxmal and Chichén Itzá, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Escape the crowds on the tranquil traffic-free island of Holbox, with miles of beaches, mangroves and a beautiful ocean-facing retreat. Take a private boat trip around nearby caves and sandbars. Learn the secrets of Yucatán cooking with a three-course class and join a private tequila tasting session. Soak in the faded charm of Mérida and Valladolid, two off-radar Mexican cities with elegant squares and vibrant local markets. Snorkel in freshwater lagoons across the Quintana Roo region, with emerald ponds, tree-hanging rope swings and velvety sands. Stay at a series of gorgeous hotels, with pools, spas and shady hammock terraces

 

Let us take you by the hand and guide you into a wonderland studded with turquoise grottoes in the breath-taking Yucatán Peninsula. Mexico’s Mayan Riviera is a delight for all you wild swimmers out there, with an endless stream of sun-dappled lagoons to wallow in. Come pander to your inner Tarzan as you swing from ropes over palm-fringed caves and leap joyfully into the luminous waters of a one-time pirates’ canal. Embrace the velvety sands and mangrove seclusion of the world’s largest underwater cave system at Sac Actun and float beneath the hanging vines of Ik Kil Cenote, one of Mexico’s most beautiful freshwater pools accessed via a winding stone staircase. With its labyrinth of tucked away lagoons and jungle swims, this 11-day adventure is a joy for free-wheeling paddlers – but it has so much more to offer, too. We’ll be cycling through the ruins of an ancient Mayan empire, and discovering mystical pyramids in the bucket list sites of Uxmal and Chichén Itzá. We’ll be cooking up Yucatán empanadas in a three-course cooking class in the cosmopolitan town of Mérida and kayaking across the mirror-still waters of Laguna Bacalar, with rare stromatolites and an ancient pirate fort. And we’ll be winding down on the sleepy fishing island of Holbox, with its miles of glimmering white beaches and flamingo-shrouded sandbars. This is the adventure for you if you crave the faded grandeur of Mexican towns, with their colourful pastel stucco and elegant colonnades. If you hanker after palapa-roofed juice bars and hammocks swaying gently in the beachside shade. If you adore the idea of spicy Mayan cuisine, with its riot of punchy street food and citrus-fuelled flavour. If you’re drawn by the concept of hip hotels, with turquoise pools, tropical gardens and luxury oceanfront spas. From private tequila tastings to street art and snorkelling in a hidden underwater kingdom, this adventure comes more jam-packed than your average Yucatán taco. So, come, prepare to be dazzled: the magic of Quintana Roo awaits.

 

The Flash Pack promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

  • Wild swim and snorkel your way through a series of spectacular emerald cenotes at Sac Actun, the world’s largest underwater cave system
  • Kayak the crystal-clear waters of Laguna Bacalar, with rare stromatolites and an ancient pirate fort
  • Free-dive in freshwater lagoons across the Quintana Roo region, with clear green waters, tree-hanging rope swings and hidden grottoes
  • Learn the secrets of Yucatán cuisine with a three-course cooking class in the old state capital of Mérida
  • Hop aboard for an epic bike ride in the beach town of Tulum, with street food, street art and ancient Mayan ruins
  • See the bucket-list pyramids at Uxmal and Chichén Itzá, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
  • Escape to the tiny traffic-free island of Holbox, with powdery sands, flamingos, a beautiful beachfront hotel and a private boat trip
  • Visit a Mayan chocolate museum and knock back tequila in a private tasting session

Itinerary

Day 1: COCKTAILS IN DOWNTOWN CANCÚN

Take a private transfer from the airport to your hotel in buzzing downtown Cancún. Meet your fellow Flashpackers and guide in the early evening and head out for cocktails and a welcome meal

 

Flashpackers, welcome to Mexico! Whatever time of day you arrive at Cancún International Airport, a private transfer awaits to whisk you to your hotel in the heart of the downtown district. A textbook tropical paradise, Cancún is an undisputed gem of the Mayan Riviera. Here, you’ll find powdery white beaches and emerald oceans that are typical of the Quintana Roo region, along with natural delights such as Nichupté Lagoon – a vast mangrove wonderland that’s home to crocodiles, iguanas, leopard frogs and more. Cancún’s beaches have drawn spring breakers for decades but we’ll be skipping the touristy Hotel Zone in favour of downtown, where the locals hang out. This bustling district is teeming with shops and restaurants, along with leafy parks and waterfront avenues. Get a feel for the vibrant community here with a mosey around the nearby streets or hang out by the hotel pool before we meet at the hotel in the early evening. We’ll toast Cancún’s pirate history with a few mojitos at a typical Caribbean bar before heading onwards for a welcome meal. Get to know your fellow Flashpackers and guide over your first taste of Cancún cuisine in the balmy city heat: the adventure starts here…

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Chill out by the palm-fringed pool

Arrive on the sunny shores of Cancún

Welcome to a world of white beaches and turquoise oceans

Wander through the colourful streets

Enjoy 14 pristine miles of white sand beaches

Hit up your hotel pool

Day 2: CYCLING, STREET FOOD AND TULUM RUINS

Travel two hours south to the chic beach town of Tulum. Check into your ocean-facing hotel with a pool, hammocks and free yoga classes before saying hi to your new surroundings on a day-long bike ride. Peddle past the pyramids and temples of the 13th Century Tulum Ruins, then discover street food and street art in the vibrant town. In the afternoon, cool off with wild swimming in an emerald green cenote

 

Today we’ll drive two hours south down the Yucatán Peninsula to Tulum, a boho beachside hub that’s steeped in Mayan culture. Check into your lovely beachside hotel perched right on the Caribbean coastline and then hop aboard for a day-long bike ride. Our cycling adventure will take us along the back streets and cycling alleys of this chic coastal town, passing colourful posadas and cafés framed by bright bursts of bougainvillea. Tulum has distinctly hippy feel to it, which you’ll notice as you peddle by pavement buskers and free-wheeling souls who hang out by palapa-roofed juice stalls. It’s also an affluent place, with a multitude of art galleries, whimsical bars and hip beach boutiques. Further out, we’ll cycle to the Tulum Ruins, an ancient Mayan city sprawled across the clifftops by the Caribbean Sea. This outstandingly beautiful walled fortress was once the most powerful empire in the land. Explore pyramids and temples dating back to the 13th Century, with the glistening coastline adding extra visual drama. Keep an eye out, too, for resident iguanas and spider monkeys that hang out in the pre-Columbian walls. World wonder ticked off, we’ll cycle on to an unsung side to Tulum: its street art. Far from the tourist crowds lies a painting project that has revived a once lacklustre neighbourhood. Cycle around vibrant murals, adorned with serpents and mythical gods, to get a feel for Tulum’s community spirit. Next up, street food is calling as we feast on the best tacos in town, along with favourites such as fried empanadas served with their own spicy salsas and citrus-marinated pork (poc chuc). Freshly squeezed mango and lemon juices are well worth a taste, too. We’ll finish our epic bike ride in style, with a visit to one of Mexico’s legendary cenotes. These freshwater sinkholes are a delight to discover, with clear emerald waters that were made to wallow in. After a full-on day of adventure, cool off with a float in your own private patch of paradise.

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Cycle along the coast of Tulum

Make a splash in a local cenote

These freshwater sinkholes are a delight to discover

Relax in the crystal clear waters

Arrive at your beach-front hotel on the Caribbean Sea

Explore the amazing Tulum Ruins

Discover 13th century pyramids

Mooch through this ancient walled fortress

From the ancient back to the modern day...

Cycle through the street-art of a local neighbourhood

Time for tacos after a day of pedal power

Day 3: WILD SWIM AN UNDERWATER KINGDOM

Wild swim and free dive your way through the world’s largest underwater cave system, with a trip to the spectacular Casa Cenote, Grand Cenote and the Temple of Doom. Wallow in emerald green waters and leap from mossy rocks in a secluded wilderness. Finish the day with a beach dinner and a private tequila tasting session

 

At the beginning of this year, the world’s largest underwater cave was unearthed near Tulum, thanks to the discovery of a route connecting two ancient cavern systems. So, it would be rude not to visit Sac Actun, a vast archaeological playground and one of the world’s final undiscovered frontiers spanning 215 miles. The freshwater caves here are brimming with remnants of the long-lost past, from remains of a prehistoric sloth to Mayan war shrines and wall etchings made by America’s first settlers. The underwater lakes also support a rich ecosystem, creating a wonderland of ancient fauna and tropical fish. Our first stop is at Casa Cenote, where the ultimate jungle swim awaits. Relish the velvety sands and sun-dappled shallows of this secluded grotto, shielded from the outside world by a maze of thick green mangroves. The water here is crystal clear and so pure, you’ll feel like you’re in a shampoo advert. Wallow in green waters, admire the tropical marine life and warm yourself on moss-covered rocks. Next up, we’ll hop over to Grand Cenote, one of the most famous caves in Mexico with its signature half-open half-closed entrance. Admire the bright sunlight streaking through the water, as you snorkel and free dive your way through hidden caverns, with incredible underwater rock formations all around. We’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then, to complete the hat trick of cave delights, we’ll pay a visit to the Temple of Doom. This closed cenote is accessed via three roof holes. One is big enough to leap carelessly from, as you catapult yourself into the underwater kingdom below. The other two holes are narrower; an invitation for the daredevils among you to pencil-drop 10 feet down to the dark expanse beneath. A guide will be with you throughout this experience, giving safety briefings, unearthing quieter spots and sharing local myths beyond each of the caves. To top off a magical day we’ll dine by the beach back at the hotel, before joining the bartender for a private tequila tasting. Flashpackers, don’t say we don’t treat you…

 

 

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Swim through the largest underwater cave system in the world

Lie back in the amazing blue waters

Explore the cave playground of Sac Actun

Discover secret lagoons

Snorkel and free dive your way through hidden caverns

Tackle the Temple of Doom

Head back to your tropical hotel

There's a hammock wth your name on it

And a private tequila tasting class

Important notes

Fly into and out of: Cancún International Airport (CUN)

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

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