Bring history alive with a family holiday to Mexico. This South American country is bursting with ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins, warm sunshine and stand-out white beaches. Plus, many of the hotels in Mexico offer all-inclusive packages, perfect for family travel.
Why you should visit Mexico?
Family-Friendly Hotels & Resorts. When looking for a family-friendly hotel in Mexico you can expect to find all-inclusive packages, water parks and pools, plus kids’ clubs. Throw in a top-notch location on a beach and some year-round sunshine and that’s your family holiday booked.
Activities For The Kids: Mexico is a huge adventure playground for kids. Start with an awe-inspiring history lesson at Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city between 600 and 1200AD. Then liven things up a bit with trips to one of the three top adventure parks on the Yucatan Peninsula – Xplor, Xel-Ha or Xcaret. All three are packed with activities for families including zip-lines, stalactite river rafting and jungle trails.
Take the family somewhere remarkable on holiday. Have a read of our itinerary day by day in Mexico for some more inspiration.
Sometimes changes to the itinerary are necessary due to the weather or special situations This can happen with little notice. If you’re flexible and have a sense of humour, you’re bound to have a fun and relaxing trip across this beautiful part of the world.
Private Transfer from Cancun’s International Airport to your 5 stars hotel in the Yucatan peninsula. You will be welcomed by Traveladventurekids representative upon arrival and will be privately transferred to your hotel. Enjoy rest of evening at leisure with a welcome aperitif while we tell you everything we are going to explore this week.
Dinner at the hotel and activities to get to know a little more.
After breakfast our personal, expert guide will pick you up at your hotel at 8am you will then be driven to Tulum archeological site. The only Maya city located right by the Caribbean Sea, Tulum was a Maya fortress city that peaked between the 13th and 15th centuries. Tulum is by far one of the prettiest archaeological sites in the world, set on cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean Sea!
After a pleasant guided tour through the well preserved pre-Columbian buildings of the Tulum ruins, like El Castillo or The Temple of the Descending God. There will also be time for you to take a swim and look up at Tulum’s iconic structure from below before we continue to The Coba ruins , one of the most expansive Mayan ruins sites in the region with many of the structures still hidden beneath the jungle
The site is huge and the best way to see all around is by bike or rickshaw, depending of how much exercise you would like to do today . If you feel adventures enough you can climb the Nohoch Mul pyramid which reaches a height of 40 meters and is one of the tallest in the area, (the only one you still aloud to climb) the views of the Riviera Maya jungle from the peak will leave you speechless for sure!
For putting the cherry on top today we will swim in a beautiful cenote before we will driven you back to our hotel for a beautiful dinner.
Another amazing day is waiting for us today, we are going to experience something out of the ordinary and for sure you all love it. After breakfast we will be privately transferred to Rio Secreto to explore the extensive underground rivers (more than 12 kilometers) and caverns that crisscross the Yucatan Peninsula.
You will start your adventure with a small ride on a van that will get you deep inside the jungle where the main entrances to the caverns will be located. Here you will have time to change and wear the special equipment that will be provided to you.
You will continue on to immerse yourself into the caverns and start your 600 meter private route full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and other geological formations that will come to life under the expert tutelage of your guides.
This visit will be both exciting and educational at the same time! That is why this excursion is one of our most popular among nature lovers and adventurous travelers.
Note: this is a shared excursion in groups no larger than 10 participants.
Overnight: Dinner at the hotel (restaurant 3)
This day is yours to enjoy at leisure. You may relax in your lovely surroundings and take advantage of the many amenities and activities available in Riviera Maya or just lay back in the white sands and turquoise seas, but if you are looking for more adventure and less relaxation you can always take the optional day tour to one of the 7th wonders “CHICHEN ITZA”.
OPTIONAL: Private Tour to the amazing ruins at Chichen Itza
After our delicious breakfast we go for a full day excursion with a lot of things to discover for all of us. The ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza Mexico was one of the most prominent governmental centers in the Mayan world. Constructed around 525 AD, Chichen Itza was also the most important religious site on the Yucatan Peninsula. Ancient history, archaeology, culture and magic make this one of our most popular places in Mexico and were named of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2007. We can not miss this one.
In addition to a visit to the Mayan ruins, our tour includes a stop in the colonial city of Valladolid, a visit to a handicrafts store, a delicious buffet lunch featuring regional specialties, and a visit to a beautiful open-air cenote (a natural fresh-water sinkhole).
The Mayans considered cenotes to be sacred portals to the underworld. They were also their only source of fresh water. You can go for a swim in the cenote to cool off!
The whole day, the ancient history, the views and the swimming experience is like no other. You will love it for sure! After all that we go back to the hotel for a great dinner and some more enjoyable
Overnight: Dinner at the Hotel (restaurant 4)
Today we will enjoy a wonderful day sailing across the Caribbean and explore its deep crystal clear waters on private most amazing snorkeling tour. El Cielito is an unspoiled, natural marvel of cobalt crystal clear shallow waters, sand bottom, and Cozumel's jungle in the background; we will relax here after snorkeling on the most amazing snorkel site: Colombia Reef.
Colombia offers to snorkelers a colorful array of abundant forms of marine life such as living coral formations, tropical fish, etc.
Afterwards, we will sail to the Fury Beach to refresh with beverages, have lunch, play a game of beach volleyball, and have fun with non motorized aquatic toys, beach umbrellas, hammocks, kayaks, beach, etc. five and a half hours total.
Overnight: Dinner at the hotel (restaurant 5)
The end of this wonderful vacations is coming soon and you can not leave without immerse yourself in Mexico, with one of the most complete experience in the Riviera Maya, the Xcaret Park has it all.
The three main pillars of Xcaret Park are history, culture and nature. In addition to exploring the Mayan ruins, you will be able to learn about the ancient customs and culture in a wide variety of exhibits and shows. We can NOT miss the "Xcaret Mexico Espectacular" show in the evening (one of the main reasons we are going) with over 300 actors and singers in an atmosphere of light and color presenting the history of Mexico through song and dance, it always brings tears to our eyes with its moving story and world-class performances.
Nature lovers will find paradise on Xcaret , swimming in the underground rivers, snorkeling the inlet, and marveling at the magnificent animals that make Xcaret their home like jaguars, giant sea turtles, butterflies and exotic birds. Experiencias Xcaret have been honored with many international awards for their programs of rescue, conservation and preservation of animals indigenous to the region and for all
their efforts in sustainable tourism.
You will Fall in love with Mexico after this week and for sure after Xcaret Park!
Overnight: Dinner at the hotel (restaurant 6)
Your driver will meet you in the hotel lobby for your private transfer to Cancun
Bye bye and see you in our next adventure. Do not forget to take with you all the
great memories to share with your friends back home.
This is a sample of ideas. Please give us a call to discuss creating a full itinerary.
Easiest Flight Routes
One advantage of traveling to this area is the airline access. With all the major carriers flying into Cancun (Delta, American, United, and so on), as well as direct flights from most major U.S. cities, getting here is easy and relatively affordable.
How Far in Advance to Book Tickets
As with any vacation destination, demand will dictate flight availability. According to research from airfare tracking website Hopper.com, because Cancun is a leisure route, prices tend to be more stable and often fall until seven days before departure, though the difference between booking 35 days in advance and 10 days in advance is $8. But all that goes out the window at peak times—Christmas, spring break—when being an early bird pays off.
U.S. citizens visiting for less than 180 days don’t need a visa to enter Mexico. However, you will need to have a visitor’s permit, which can be obtained by filling out a form provided by your airline, travel agency, or at the point of entry in Mexico. Since 2007, a valid passport has been required to enter Mexico, whether you’re flying, driving, or arriving by cruise ship. Mexico requires that your passport be valid for at least 90 days following your departure date, but it’s a good idea to have six months’ validity on your passport at all times (not to mention unused passport pages for necessary stamps).
The main language in the Riviera Maya is Spanish, but many in the tourism industry speak English.
The official currency is the peso, but USD is also accepted.
The standard electricity supply in the Riviera Maya is 110 volts with two-prong outlets
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Riviera Maya.
Drink and brush your teeth with bottled water.
Central Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours)
The peak travel season for the Riviera Maya runs from December to April.