Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The Wandering Earl Tour To Mexico Is Almost Sold Out

Derek Mexico, Wandering Earl Tours 27 Comments

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Last week, after contacting all of you who had asked to be placed on the early list for my second Wandering Earl Tour – Wander Across Mexico – eight of the ten available spots were quickly filled up.

And so, there is now only two spots left for this adventure, and here’s the details!

Tour Dates: March 11th – 25th, 2013


  • Day 1: Arrive at Cancun Airport, transfer to Playa del Carmen
  • Day 2 & 3: Playa del Carmen – The tour gets off to a relaxing start with time spent on white sand beaches, eating excellent food and enjoying the true Caribbean side of Mexico!
  • Day 4: We’ll drive to the beautiful Mayan town of Valladolid, with visits to Akumal (in order to swim with the turtles) and the Mayan ruins of Tulum along the way.
  • Day 5: In the morning, off to the Dzitnup & Samula Cenotes we go for a cool swim in these incredible underground cave/water holes. The afternoon will be free time for you to wander the streets of enchanting Valladolid.
  • Day 6: After a morning visit to the famous Mayan pyramids of Chichen-Itza, we’ll continue to the ‘yellow town’ of Izamal where we’ll spend the night. Evening walk around the main plaza, the old monastery and through the quiet streets of this unique Mayan community.

Izamal, Mexico

  • Day 7: We’ll return to Playa del Carmen via a leisurely drive through the state of Yucatan and a stopover in Cancun to see one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Mexico.
  • Day 8: This will be a travel day as we board a long-distance bus to the town of San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas. (Approximate travel time will be 15 hours)
  • Day 9 – 12: Once in Chiapas we’ll have four days to explore San Cristobal de las Casas and it’s outer region, which will include visits to the Cascada de Agua Azul Waterfalls, El Canon del Sumidero and the town of Tuxtla, as well as several other optional activities.
  • Day 13: In the morning we’ll take a bus to the town of Oaxaca (travel time approximately 7 hours), the capital city of the state with the same name. We shall arrive just in time to spend the evening in the main plaza, listening to the famous mariachi bands and enjoying the atmosphere of what travelers often label their favorite town in all of Mexico.
  • Day 14: We’ll have a full day in Oaxaca to visit it’s markets (where they serve up fried grasshoppers as a snack), parks, cathedrals, colorful neighborhoods and possibly the Monte Alban ruins high above town.
  • Day 15: The tour comes to an end – at this point, options include taking a bus to Mexico City, heading south to Guatemala, spending more time in Oaxaca or others parts of Mexico or heading straight home. There are many bus/flight options from this town.

**I will stay in Oaxaca for one more day and any member of the tour is more than welcome to stick around and join me!

Samula Cenote, Mexico

Included in the cost:
– 14 nights budget accommodation (Playa del Carmen x 4; Valladolid x 2; Ixmal x 1; San Cristobal de las Casas x 4; Oaxaca x 2; Overnight bus x 1)
– Transportation within Mexico – combination of overnight buses, rented vans/cars and taxis
– Activities mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees to the sites listed above
– 10 Meals (lunch or dinner)

Not included:
– Meals not mentioned
– Activities not mentioned above
– Flights to/from Mexico
– Travel/health insurance (will be required)
– Passport/visa fees
– Airport transfer to Playa del Carmen (pickup will be available for a small fee)

Physical Level:
While the tour to Mexico itself is not strenuous, budget travel in general can be tiring. As a result, it is recommended that tour participants are prepared for and able to handle long, exhausting days, overnight bus journeys, being in the sun in warm temperatures and other physically challenging scenarios that can certainly arise during this trip.

Prices are based on twin share (2 people per room) and single members of the group will be paired together. We will be using budget guesthouses/pensions that offer basic facilities, sometimes with shared bathrooms, usually no air-conditioning and possibly without hot water showers at times. With that said, the places we stay will have plenty of character and will certainly be a memorable part of the trip.

Subject to Change:
While the goal is to follow the itinerary listed, travel almost always involves unexpected events and the occasional change of plans. However, even if things do change, it is important to remember that travel is all about the journey, so even the challenges we face along the way should be treated as part of the overall experience!

All tour participants will be required to sign a waiver. It’s just a formality but I wanted to let you know ahead of time.

Chichen-Itza, Mexico

Wander Across Mexico

Tour Cost: $1450 USD

If you are interested in one of the final two spots, please send me an email here with “Wander Across Mexico Tour” as the subject and I will be in touch with the deposit details so that you can confirm your place right away. It’s basically a first-come, first-served deal, although, I will add additional people to a waiting list in case anyone has a change of plans.

And on that note, I shall look forward to meeting some of you on what promises to be another exciting Wandering Earl excursion!

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Comments 27

  1. Simon from Divers' Hub

    Great itinerary Earl. I’ve lived in Playa del Carmen for the last 3 months and this basically brings together all the mini-trips I’ve taken during that time. Tulum deserves more time I think, but you’re providing a great taste of Mexican culture here. Have a great trip everyone.

  2. A.F. Kitty

    I really wish I had found your blog much sooner than I did! I would have done this in a heartbeat.
    Will you have other tours in the future like this?

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey John – It looks like the next tours will be a 5-day tour to Istanbul in May, a 2-week tour of Romania/Moldova in June and then another tour to India after the summer. If you’re interested in any of those just send me an email! I will officially be announcing them after the new year.

      1. Gary Langrick

        Hi Earl.

        Anymore details about your tour of Istanbul.

        I may be taking redundancy and really love Turkey yet have never been to Istanbul. This may be the excuse I need to start traveling.

        Great blog by the way.

  3. Nico

    That’s a hell of a tour across Southern Mexico. What about squeezing in the Palenque ruins? I don’t know if you’ve been, but they are way better (and cheaper) than Chichén Itzá and only a couple of hours away from Agua Azul falls…

  4. Sandy

    Earl, a wonderful itinerary! Would recommend reconfigure Day 7 to go from Izamel to Merida via Uxmal (and many smaller ruins along the way). Travel from Merida to Chiapas is faster, you could go via Palenque and spend a night to break up the LONG bus ride, and see more. Merida is a beautiful, vibrant city with many types of accommodations and eateries.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Sandy – Thanks so much for the input. There are a few reasons why I created the itinerary above, most having to do with transportation method we’ll be using. I’ve been to Merida before as well and it was never really one of my favorite places, but perhaps I should visit again based on what you wrote 🙂

  5. tyrhone

    Your tour is basically how we spent the last three months, and we loved it! Mexico is without a doubt my favourite place in all the world (so far). And your tour will be awesome. Have fun!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Tyrhone – Mexico is an incredible country and I think it often gets overlooked…it is one of my favorites on the planet as well!

  6. Addison S

    First India, and now Mexico – congratulations and best of luck, it sounds like another great tour. Now for the hardest decision. Where to spend the four months from now until March?

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Addison – Between India, a trip to South Africa, possibly another African country or two, I’m sure I’ll be busy for those few months 🙂

  7. Sarah Somewhere

    Sounds like another wonderful itinery Earl, we just spent a couple of weeks in Chiapas (including a week in San Cristobal de las Casas) and it was amazing! Loved Valledolid too, though we only stopped off for the day. Looking forward to getting to Oaxaca when we return to Mexico next year (yes, we’re hooked…). Enjoy!

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Sarah – Chiapas is a great region and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Oaxaca next year as well. That is one city that is hard to leave!

  8. Andy

    Been to Oaxaca… It’s a nice pleasent colonial town with laid back people and lots of history. Good place to taste traditional mexican food. The Monte Alban ruins are a must see! Unlike the ones in Yucatan, they are not Mayan, but Zapotec. Earl, have you ever tried the Mexican “Michelada” beer? Whoever in the tour is brave enough to down a pint should win a prize. 😉

  9. Robert

    This sounds like another awesome WE Tour! I’ve been to most of these places. If you’re going, bring a good camera! You’ll want to capture the beauty you’ll experience.

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