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Hidden Villages and Backroads of the Yucatan

14 Night Itinerary from  £5,212

Balam Tour

Journey the backroads discovering seldom visited corners of the Yucatan. History unfolds in the colonial splendour of Merida and pyramids of ancient civilisations.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Journey the back roads to discover the Yucatan's seldom visited side
  • Discover colonial citieshalf-forgotten pyramids and coastal habitats 
  • Stay 3 nights in a traditional hacienda, full of colonial charm
  • Compare lesser-known Mayan ruins with the famed Puuc style ruins at Uxmal
  • Watch pink flamingos and exotic bird life at the coastal Celestun Nature Reserve
  • Avoid the midday sun and day-trippers at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza
  • Admire the cliff-top ruins of Tulum, perched over an idyllic beach

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

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Valladolid - 1 Night

Day 1 - Departure on daytime flight to Cancun, onwards to Valladolid

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Saturday, 18 May 2024

Fly to Cancun, onwards to Valladolid

Fly from London Gatwick direct to Cancun. On arrival you will be met and taken to the colonial city of Valladolid, where we stay for 1 night. 


Dzidzantun - 3 Nights

Day 2 - Travel to Dzidzantun

Day 3 - San Cristano and Izamal

Day 4 - At leisure 

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Sunday, 19 May 2024

Ek Balam and Dzidzantun

Explore colonial Valladolid this morning. Afternoon transfer north to Ek Balam ruins, whose main temple has superb stuccos. We continue through rural Mayan town of Dzidzantun, where you will stay for 3 nights in a colonial Hacienda, now converted to a character hotel. As part of your accommodation you have included bicycles for you to explore the grounds. There is also superb birdwatching in the grounds of the Hacienda.

Monday, 20 May 2024

San Cristano and Izamal

Today we visit the coastal town of San Cristano and take a boat trip exploring the mangroves in the nature reserve. We also visit the ancient settlement of Izamal and the beautifully preserved convent of San Antonio de Padula.

Tuesday, 21 May 2024

At leisure

Relax and enjoy the charms of your rural Hacienda.

Historic Merida

Merida - 5 Nights

Day 5 - Drive along the coast

Day 6 - The Franciscan Route

Day 7 - At leisure in Merida

Day 8 - Uxmal and Kabah  

Day 9 - Celestun Nature Reserve 

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Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Drive along the coast

Enjoy a scenic drive this morning along the coastal road with the Gulf on one side and lagoons with flamingos on the other. We visit Xambo, an important trading centre with impressive Mayan temples, and Progresso where you can take a stroll and have lunch. Continue to Merida where we stay for 5-nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Thursday, 23 May 2024

The Franciscan Route 

Today we join our guide on a full day excursion exploring what is known as the Franciscan route visiting the church of Mani, with its open-air chapel built to evangelise the natives peoples. We also visit the Mayan market village of Oxkutzcab.

Friday, 24 May 2024

At leisure in Merida

Explore Merida at your leisure today, perhaps stopping at one of the many local cafes to watch the world go by and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine.

Saturday, 25 May 2024

Uxmal and Kabah

Enjoy a full day guided visit to the magnificent archaeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah, with intricate, incomparable Puuc stonework.

Sunday, 26 May 2024

Celestun Nature Reserve 

A full day to visit the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, a vast wetland reserve that is home to over 200 species of birds including pink flamingos, herons, pelicans and sea turtles. We travel on foot and by local boat exploring the mangroves and lakes getting as close as possible to photograph pink flamingos in their natural habitat. We also visit the town on Celestun, a sleepy coastal fishing town full of character.

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza - 3 Nights

Day 10 - Travel to Chichen Itza

Day 11 - Visit Chichen Itza without the crowds

Day 12 - Rio Lagartos

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Monday, 27 May 2024

Travel to Chichen Itza

Travel to the ancient pyramids of Chichen Itza, staying at your chosen hotel located close the site for 3-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. 

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Visit Chichen Itza without the crowds

You have a full day to explore the extensive and impressive site on your own. We suggest visiting in the early morning and afternoon, avoiding the midday heat and crowds of day-trippers.

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Rio Lagartos

Today we explore the nature and mangroves of the Lagartos River and the nearby biosphere reserve by boat. Accompanied by an experienced guide, observe much birdlife and wildlife including flamencos. We also visit  "Maya Bath", where you can bathe in a typical white clay bath on the beach or a in a freshwater spring.


Tulum - 2 Nights

Day 13 - Coba and a Caribbean beach

Day 14 - Tulum ruins 

Day 15 - Transfer for flight back to UK

Day 16 - Arrive in the UK

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Thursday, 30 May 2024

Coba and a Caribbean beach

Today we drive to Coba, where we explore the great pyramids set amidst dense forest. We then continue along the Caribbean coast staying for 2-nights at your chosen hotel in Tulum on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on the beach and enjoy the facilities of your hotel.


Friday, 31 May 2024

Tulum ruins

This morning we visit the famous archaeological site of Tulum, a well preserved ancient Mayan port city. The main building is a castle (El Castillo), built in stone and positioned on a rocky cliff looking out over an idyllic white sandy beach and the turquoise sea. We return to your hotel to relax. 

Saturday, 01 June 2024

Transfer for flight back to UK

Transfer to Cancun Airport for your direct overnight flight to London.

Dreams Tulum

Tulum - First Resort

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches, surrounded by lush tropical trees & fine white sand. The 458 luxury suites and guest rooms are elegantly decorated in a colonial style, have their own patio or balcony, with air-conditioning, TV, CD/DVD player. Ideal for families with a variety of activities including cycling, water sports, tennis, dance lessons and a children's club. There is a swimming pool, jacuzzi, spa, fitness centre.

1889 Dreams Tulum

Cabanas Los Lirios

Tulum - Tourist Hotel

Los Lirios is a secluded hotel in Tulum located in the heart of Mayan Riviera and a short drive from the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve. Offering unusual comfort and lovely spacious rooms to its guests. Surrounded by relatively undistributed tropical forest and set upon a beautiful beach, the hotel is the perfect combination between forest conservation and sustainable eco-tourism, among mangroves, the source of life for the sea reef.

All rooms have private bathroom with tub, sitting area, mosquito net windows and a terrace with chairs and hammock. Guests can enjoy a spectacular ocean view in the beachfront, " Los Corales" restaurant.

1890 Cabanas Los Lirios

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season
Travel Dates Year round
Room Arrangement Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £5,212 £5,679
Single Traveller - Own Room £6,266 £7,483

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

What's Included

  • 16 days / 14 nights 
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Accommodation as shown in the itinerary
  • Breakfast every day and meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Exclusive list of restaurant suggestions
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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