Another look at the Mexican Caribbean

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You want a vacation in the Mexican Caribbean, but you don’t want to be in crowded tourist areas or all-inclusive resorts. Here you will see the other side of the Mexican Caribbean. This trip is an adventure full of natural spaces between jungles and beaches. You will discover a deeper Mexico and those people and guardians of the jungles, rivers, forests, and traditions during your trip. 

Unique corners bathed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea hide incredible landscapes, natural and cultural treasures that you can visit during this trip. A safe bet for those travelers looking for adventure and unique experiences, sunny and relaxing destinations. Be absorbed by the cultural charm, the traditional knowledge of its people, and of course, its gastronomy.

Discover with Rutopia a different Mexico and the hidden treasures of the Mexican Caribbean! Request your trip now!

Day Activities Place
Day 1 Arrival in Cancun, transfer to Tulum Tulum
Day 2 Flood in the Muyil Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Tulum
Day 3 Visit to Nuevo Durango Nuevo Durango
Day 4 Visit Nuevo Xcan and swim in Xibalbá Valladolid
Day 5 Natural and cultural immersion at Yalcobá and Ek Balam Valladolid
Day 6 Learn all about the corn harvest and dive into the tranquil cenote of Yokdzonot.  Yaxunah
Day 7 Venture into the jungle and be surprised by the gum tree in Chunhuhub / Return to Mexico City Chunhuhub

Another look at theMexican Caribbean

Day 1- Arrival in Cancun, transfer to Tulum

Traslado a Tulum Hotel


Welcome to the Mexican Caribbean! Your adventure begins by arriving in Cancun. From here, you will head to Tulum, a two-hour drive from the airport. To relax after your flight and trip, I recommend you explore downtown Tulum. If you arrive in Tulum during the morning or afternoon, I recommend renting a bike and exploring the town. If you arrive in the evening, there is a street food market you can go to for authentic Mexican food or head to the touristy streets where you will find bars. 

Day 2- Float in the Biosphere Reserve of Muyil Sian Ka’an 

Sian Ka'an Mexican Caribbean


Today you will visit the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, located south of Tulum. “The area has been declared a Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to rich biodiversity and genuinely breathtaking landscapes. When you arrive at the Muyil community center, you will have a light snack and join a group of travelers to begin the excursion. This community-based ecotourism cooperative works for the conservation and preservation of ecosystems through unique experiences of responsible tourism.

You will walk along an ancient Mayan trail in the jungle while learning about local species and their use. At the end of the route, you will reach your first stop, the little-known and mysterious archaeological site of Muyil. Afterward, you will arrive at the shore of the Chunyaxché lagoon and its wonderful turquoise blue tones, where you will take a small boat that will navigate through crystal clear waters until you reach a small dock. From there, the best part of the day will begin: you will be able to float in the river channels while enjoying the view, a relaxing experience in contact with nature! You will be able to reconnect with mother earth. As you float, you will feel the peace of your surroundings. You will also hear the soft sounds of the birds and the water that will make you live a unique moment. On the way back, you will walk over a wooden bridge through the mangroves and wetlands. Finally, you will arrive at the community center, where you will eat a traditional meal to complete the excursion.

Day 3: Visit to Nuevo Durango

Nuevo Durango


This morning we will head to Nuevo Durango with Enrique, your local guide. He will show you the small ecotourism and organic food production community where he lives. You will participate in a hammock weaving workshop and visit the organic garden. 

Afterward, you will enjoy a tasting of traditional dishes and meet Don Manuel and his family. Don Manuel is a community member who manages an Environmental Management Unit (UMA), a beautiful conservation project for the region’s endangered animals. While you learn about Don Manuel’s work, you will be able to observe several species endemic to the Yucatan Peninsula.

Day 4: Visit Nuevo Xcan and swim in Xibalbá

After breakfast, you will leave for the community of Nuevo Xcan to swim in an underground river called Xibalba. The community of Nuevo Xcan, created a community school and are guardians of 22,000 hectares of the nature reserve. You will start with a Mayan purification ritual, guided by the local H´MEN of the community. This ritual is part of the community’s cultural heritage, which consists of asking the god’s protectors of the jungle and cenotes to enter the cavern of Xibalba (the Mayan underworld) and have a pleasant experience being inside it. Once the ceremony is over, you will go several meters underground and swim in the underground river of Xibalba. During the tour, you will be able to explore and enjoy the real natural jewels through an underground circuit of tunnels. You will learn about Mother Nature’s creation and be amazed by her majesty. During your tour, you will enjoy three vaults full of channels, crystalline underground rivers where you can relax, refresh yourself and enjoy a meditation differently, a unique experience! 

After lunch, you will go to Yalcobá, in Valladolid.

Day 5: Natural and cultural immersion in Yalcobá and Ek Balam. 

Mexican Caribbean Ek Balam


You will enjoy a day of cultural immersion in the community of Yalcobá located in the municipality of Valladolid in Yucatán, near the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá. A Mayan community opens its doors and heart to welcome you and offer you unique experiences. You will be able to taste regional food that will leave you speechless, and you will be able to get to know the handicraft workshops of the women of the community.

Later the trip continues with a stop at Ek Balam, which means black jaguar. Its size and majesty reveal its importance. This site was at its peak as a city during the Late Classic period (600-900 A.D.). When the Maya abandoned the area, the dense lowland jungle of the Yucatan engulfed it. The archaeologists and adventurers spotted a group of hills where trees and undergrowth were growing. Digging into the mounds, they found treasure troves of buildings and artifacts hidden for hundreds of years. 

After this exciting visit, you will take your bikes (or a taxi, whichever you choose) and ride a 1.5-mile Sacbé (Sacbé means “White Road” in the Mayan language) to reach the Xcanché cenote. In the area, you will have some options for regional food (not included). Once at the cenote, you can cool off and take a dip to cope with the local heat. You can also practice rappel, zip line, or rest in one of the hammocks.

Day 6: Learn all about the corn harvest and immerse yourself in the tranquil cenote of Yokdzonot.


A guide from the Yaxunah community will introduce himself to you and accompany you on this experience.

Yaxunah in Mayan, which means “the first house,” is surrounded by cornfields and dense vegetation. It seems that this situation already existed in ancient Maya times since Yaxunah was an essential center for corn cultivation (the sacred food of the gods). For the Mayas, the milpa was like their home since they had to ask permission to enter. 

Your guide, along with the community’s inhabitants, will show you the production process of this critical ingredient in a couple of hours. Here you will learn about the tasks of cleaning, planting, and harvesting, in addition to tasting the beverages prepared with corn, such as potzols, pinoles, nixtamal, and atoles.

In 2005, a group of women from Yokdzonot, Yucatan, organized to transform their village’s Mayan cenote into a unique ecotourism site.

Feel how the earth beats in turquoise waters as you connect your mind, body, and soul as you swim. Take a deep breath inside the cenote and discover the underwater world as you swim. Cenotes were also considered symbolic scenarios and spaces for rain, life, death, rebirth, and fertility rituals. That is why they were so sacred to this culture. This cenote is relatively unknown, so it is not as crowded as others, and its waters have a cool temperature to mitigate the heat outside. 

Day 7- Venture into the jungle and be amazed by the big gum tree in Chunhuhub.


You will start this day through the lush jungle with the grandfather and local guide from the community of Chunhuhub

Did you know that the Mayas discovered the chicle (tzicli)? The chicle season coincides with the rainy season, so, weather permitting, today we will get up very early, have a small snack and head out into the forest. Little by little you will immerse yourself in the dense jungle and discover how the ancestors found their food, water, and shelter. In the end, you will reach an area of tall, leafy chicozapote trees over 50 years old, the tree from which “chicle” is extracted. At this point, you will learn about the process of obtaining the “chicle” from the tree. First, the chicleros make cracks (that do not damage the tree) in a kind of zig-zag, then the sap runs down the trunk into a container. Next, this mixture is put on the fire to generate a gum left to dry. Finally, the extraction is done during the rainy season to demonstrate the activity in the dry season. In both cases, you will learn how the Mayas used the tools given to them by Mother Earth to carry out all these processes in their daily lives.

You will have the opportunity to taste the ecological gum produced by the grandparents of the community.

Our adventure has ended, taking home an experience on a spectacular trip to Mexico on the Riviera Maya. Next, we will head to the airport to drop off our rental car until our next adventure! 

Transfer from your hotel to Cancun International Airport


We hope you enjoyed your trip and liked the activities. The Mexican Caribbean has many places to visit, fill yourself with its culture, and connect with nature.

This itinerary is designed to give you another look at the Mexican Caribbean. If you are intrigued by a trip like this and would like to know what other activities the Mexican Caribbean has to offer. Tell us your travel idea here and we will design a custom trip for you.

Extra days – Jícaras engraving workshop at Mun Há and Uxmal

Mexican Caribbean


You will visit a beautiful project of local communities that combines nature conservation and traditional Mayan culture. Here, the members of this community will invite you to participate in a workshop on jicara engraving. This fruit was grown in the Yucatan Peninsula and stored food or water in ancient times. You will be amazed to see the different types of crafts made with natural fruit. In addition, at sunset, your local guide will be waiting for you in Uxmal for a guided tour that will allow you to discover this emblematic archaeological site and one of the most important vestiges of the Mayan civilization.

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Victoria O.

September, 2022
Two Weeks in Mexico
Seamless transfers, excellent hotels particularly in Mexico city and Puebla, combined with various cultural and food tours. Particular highlights were the cultural/food tours in Mexico city and Puebla (also including the anthropology museum in Mexico city), and the rural tours in Oaxaca where we visited textile workshops, mescal producers and participated in a cooking class using traditional equipment. Also, although we didn't need it, the on call remote assistance was reassuring. I would definitely recommend Rutopia.
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Kris S.

April, 2022
Enjoyed using Rutopia
Enjoyed using Rutopia (Marisol and Melina) to plan my trip to Mexico. Marisol helped me figure out the best options fand booked everything. Melina was my in country support. Rutopia (the company through Kim Kim) is great and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to take the burden out of vacation planning. My son and I truly enjoyed the trip knowing everything was taken care of and we just had to have fun. Thanks!
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Melissa W.

July, 2022
Adventures in the Yucatán!
Such an amazing time in the Yucatán! Between floating in the mangroves to visiting Chichén Itzá to spending a whole day on the beach in El Cuyo, I couldn’t have planned a better trip without their help. Thank you so much for an unforgettable birthday vacation!! Simply amazing! Don’t think twice about having them help you plan your next vacation!
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April, 2022
Great experience with this agency, totally recommend!
Great experience with this agency. Our tour in Mexico was perfect and organised with great passion and precision. Special thanks to Mel (our direct contact during the trip) for being super responsive and to Jorge Barbosa (our tour guide in Mexico City). Totally recommend this tour operator!
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Sue G

June, 2022
Mayan Site Tour in Yucatan Penninsula Mexico
Rutopia did an outstanding job with the arrangement and execution of a 9 day tour of Mayan sites in the Yucatan peninsula. We provided Rutopia with the general parameters of the trip we wanted and they suggested an itinerary. After our approval, they set up the hotels, transportation within Mexico, and site tours. The hotels were good quality, and all of the drivers and tour guides showed up on time. We were very impressed with the quality of the tour guides and learned a lot on the trip. Jorge handled setting up the itinerary, and Melina handled the execution of the trip and was readily available via WhatsApp throughout the trip for any questions or issues. Melina was particularly helpful in changing our transportation arrangements to the airport at the last minute per our request. I would recommend Rutopia and would use them again for future trips.
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July, 2022
Fantastic Will do it again
My wife and I had a fantastic holiday in Mexico thanks to Marisol, Ana, Teresa and their colleagues & partners. The entire itinerary and arrangements were put together in less than 4 days. What we really liked about Marisol & her team was that they were only a message or a phone call away for any query/suggestion, etc. The trip was bespoke to the extent that Rutopia had kept in mind about our interests, food habits & executed bookings, tours. They were also very flexible in catering to last minute changes/requests. The team took upon them to ensure that our entire trip was comfortable & safe by taking care of even small stuff that one normally finds out post getting to a place. We would definitely like to use their services again!!
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Elena R.

April, 2022
A literally perfect trip to the Yucatan peninsula
Tom and I knew we wanted to go to Mexico. We knew we wanted a little bit of culture, some wildlife, and maybe a splash in the ocean. That's it. With the vague and minimal information we gave them, Rutopia was able to put together a perfect trip for us. We had a flawless itinerary. It's so clear that Rutopia really cares about the communities (animals and humans) in Mexico. Everything we did and everywhere we stayed felt like they were helping us experience Mexico as authentically and respectfully as possible. It's almost impossible to pick a highlight, but top of the list has to be the day we shared with Enrique, a Mayan host who was unbelievably generous with us. He shared the community gardens, including history and background about the families that live in Nuevo Durango and other nearby communities. He showed us the neighborhood cenotes, Punta Laguna, Uma Nojoch Keej (a wildlife reserve), and more. We picked and prepared the plants as Enrique and his wife Blanca showed us the best way to cook them (and rescued us when we were pricked by the nopales!). We saw howler monkeys and spider monkeys in the wild which was very cool. That had to be the very best day, but every day was amazing. Sian Ka'an reserve was lovely, the Mayan ruins were spectacular, the snorkeling in Puerto Morelos was fabulous, the bicycle cenote tour was jaw'droppingly gorgeous. I'm waxing superlative but it really all was like a dream. Beyond the activities, the scheduling and pace was perfect for us. We felt like we really made the most of our six days, but with enough downtime to explore and enjoy at our leisure. From picking up our car at the airport to finding our accommodation, the logistics were very smooth at every interaction. Special shoutout to Melina who pretty much instantly helped us when we had any questions about the trip. We've never used a travel planning service like this before. But after this trip, we'll never go back to the old way!
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July, 2022
Journey to Mexico City, Cholula and Cuetzalan
We had a wonderful time. We started out in Mexico City with a 2 day tour filled with museums, food, and beautiful sights. We then went on to Cholula to experience the culture in a smaller town, see a local market, and eat traditional food. We finished the tour in a small town called Cuetzalan, where most people speak an indigenous language. All of our guides were great. Thank you for a memorable vacation!
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March, 2022
Just wonderful!
We had an amazing trip excellent organized by Jorge and supervised by Melina from Rutopia. We spent 10 days in Mexico, starting in Ciudad de Mexico where we visited the amazing Teotihuacan and then we flew to Yucatan for the amazing sites of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ek Balam, Tulum, Merida, Valladolid and the great Island Holbox. The trip was perfectly organized, the hotels were very good, and the guides were carefully chosen. We highly recommend Rutopia and especially Jorge!
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Bikø J

November, 2021
Chiapas, Neri and her family
I traveled to Chiapas for an ecotourism experience with Rutopia and I liked it very much, the team responds very quickly to all questions and accompany the traveler throughout the experience, I missed my flight and they were very flexible to accommodate the entire itinerary, My destination was the lakes of Tziscao, where I was received by Neri with his family in very nice cabins next to a lake with incredible views and a magnificent tranquility, with them you make experiences of beekeeping and coffee and tours to nearby lakes, Montebello is a must! 100% recommended.
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March, 2021
Super local agency
We have worked with Rutopia for several tours in Mexico in the Yucatán and Chiapas and we have never been disappointed. Authentic experiences, with locals, in magical places and off the beaten tourist track. Our contact Marisol was always super available and responsive, understanding and anticipating our desires. And she speaks very good French. I highly recommend Rutopia!
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Mikel D

April, 2021
The best moment lived in Mexico
We were traveling as a group of friends with nothing organized. We like to improvise and be able to find alternative plans to the conventional tourist routes. We arrived in Puerto Escondido - Mexico's paradise - and started looking for options. A Mexican friend recommended us to contact Rutopia and we did. We explained our way of traveling - which they quickly understood - and in a few hours they came to us with a perfect selection of activities. We chose one of them and the next day we found ourselves galloping through beautiful hills, crossing a small lagoon in canoes, bathing on an unspoiled beach at sunset and sipping freshly picked coconuts with some mezcal. We had dinner in the only hut on the beach, eating fish that had been caught that day from the lagoon. Then we went to see the luminescence of the placton with paddle canoes until we were surprised by one of the biggest and reddest moons I have ever seen in my life. We ended up sleeping in bamboo huts a few meters from the waves. There were no more than 5 huts on the miles of beach that we could see. And at ALL times with an exquisite treatment - sympathy, kindness and attention. This is just one of the plans we booked with Rutopia, which definitely changed the course of our trip. Without a doubt, I would repeat this experience in any place I would like to visit in Mexico. Viva Mexico!
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Claudia A

September, 2020
Super organization, great accommodations and nice team
The trip was perfectly organized, we were always exclusive or in very small groups and had freedom to do our own activities. All accommodations were fantastic and sustainable, the food almost always local and very good, we could always fill our Rutopia water bottles and travel as plastic free as possible. We were met at the airport and had assistance getting a rental car. After that, we traveled independently but had our fixed dates and reservations with Rutopia. It was the perfect mix!
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March, 2020
Circuit in Yucatan
Discovering wonderful and surprising sites, Mayan communities with an unforgettable welcome, breathtaking landscapes, a very pleasant climate in the middle of March...and smiling people! A big thank you to Rutopia and his team for the elaboration of this ideal circuit, alternating nature, city life, simplicity and comfort. Thanks to Mélina for the follow-up during our trip. We don't speak Spanish well enough, and we appreciated having a French-speaking contact person who could be reached if necessary. We still have a lot to discover and hope to come back very soon, and with Rutopia without hesitation!
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Sabrina N

March, 2020
For those who don't like to manage logistics like hotels, rental cars, activities. And above all, to have someone who speaks fluent French that we can reach at any time for the unexpected... You are in the right place! Thank you to Chloe for the preparation of our trip, to Melina our Ariadne's thread and Teresa for her welcome and help at the arrival and departure. A big thank you to Enrique and Blanca from Nuevo-Durango for their welcome, their smiles, their family, a lot of emotions at the time to leave you. Thanks to Mémo for your teaching of Mexican customs (Sian Ka'an) The Yucatan is a magnificent region. And the population is very pleasant. Only downside Holbox... Too much dust, too much smell of fuel oil, too much tourist. I will keep in memory these wonderful moments!
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