THE ADVENTURE 

There are things about the Mayans that we know and there are things about these star-gazing temple-builders that we never will. First you’ll say, “how?” We don’t really know … we think limestone, volcanic rock, mathematics, and astronomy were all involved.  Then, you’ll say “why?” Well, we know that answer. The longer you spend tucked into Tulum, you will too. It becomes quickly self-evident. It dawns on you, this is Mexico’s absolutely earliest resort. If you were a Mayan king, or clergyman, or god, wouldn’t you also choose to hangout beside these sugar-sand beaches overlooking crystalline-turquoise waters? Wouldn’t you also build your temples right exactly here with these same views? You’d do it even more readily 1600 years before daily direct flights to Cancun became a reality … when there were way more tortugas than tourists.
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Things tend to make the most sense for Russ when he’s traveling with a yoga mat. That’s why he’s figured out a plan for us to flow some yoga into this GlobeKick adventure. Yes, we’ll have plenty of time for playing on la playa, touring some Mayan ruins, jumping into a few cenotes, tasting some tequila … But all will be well-earned and somehow more sensible after mornings in vinyasa flow. Oh, and the best part! Russ will be co-leading this journey with internationally practiced and locally loved (aka, one of Austin TX’s favorite yoga instructors), Collette Hill.

Activities

Playing on the Beach:

Daily Yoga and Meditation Practice:

Swimming in Cenotes:

Touring Mayan Ruins:

Accommodations

Five Nights of Accommodation in Rental House (shared room)

Itinerary

Day 1 and Day 2: From Cancun to Tulum

  • We will gather at our shared house in Tulum on Day 1 of our Yoga Journey. As long as you’re arriving in Cancun on Day 1 within our given time-window, we’ve got your shuttle transport covered from airport to our seaside paradise. Following some get-to-know you greetings, we’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the town of Tulum and, of course, hitting the sand for some rays and relax. You have arrived.
  • Our first morning together will begin (like the rest of the mornings on our trip) with an optional all-levels vinyasa flow on the beach. We’ll ease into each practice from the stillness of guided meditation and intention-setting. Collette’s yoga philosophy while on trips like ours is to “create a retreat that leaves you feeling refreshed, joyful, and inspired.”
  • Breakfast is provided following each of our daily yoga practices.

Day 3 - Day 5: Explore Paradise on the Yucatan

  • This trip very much has a “choose your own adventure” theme. We’ll provide information and logistical guidance on several options available for your choice each day. Over the next three days, we’ll encourage you to spend time together while enjoying some of the many adventures on offer in/around Tulum. We will provide your inclusion on one “A” experience you select and one “B” experience (each will be offered on a different days; A’s in the mornings B’s in the afternoon). If you’d like to do it all, no problem! All are available for organization for everyone (the more the merrier!) and available for separate discounted-purchase.

  1. A: Tour Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Just south of Tulum, the reserve contains more than 1.2 million acres of estuaries, reefs, cenotes and wetlands. Within the park, you can take tours of the local wildlife, take part in a diving or snorkeling tour, or simply just walk around the beautiful and expansive park. Accessible by bus or taxi from our house.
  2. A: Just north of the Tulum ruins, the wide Playa Paraíso makes a relaxing end to a day of exploring the area ruins. The Nuddy Beach Club has an awesome vibe and helps make this beach the spot for snorkeling and scuba diving, lounging in a hammock, or tucking under a beach umbrella with a good book. Oh, there’re also a few great beach bars should you want refreshment.
  3. A: Explore the Mayan ruins that are the source of Tulum’s popularity, one of the most popular Mayan archaeological sites along the Riviera Maya. Sitting on a patch of rocky coastline just south of Tulum’s downtown, the ruins showcase several templos and castillos from the pre-Colombian Mayans.

  1. B: Located on the western edge of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the Muyil archaeological site has six main structures. Three of the most prominent include El Castillo (an impressive 51-foot pyramid and one of the tallest buildings in the Yucatán); the stucco-decorated Pink Palace; and the Sacbé, or the ancient paved roads and serpentine paths through some of the most intense, yet beautiful wilderness on the reserve.
  2. B: Considered sacred waters by the Mayans, the expansive El Gran Cenote is an underground cavern that is ideal for swimming and diving. Here we’ll swim, snorkel, and dive amid some pretty cool geological features, including stalagmites and stalactites.
  3. B: Catch a group of five costumed men performing flying and dancing stunts atop a tall pole. Yep, you read that right. The performance and the men are loosely known as “Voladores,” and they’re recreating a prehistoric ritual most often associated with the Totonac Indians of central Mexico.

Day 6: Together in Tulum

  • Like the Mayan ruins around us, maybe you’ll be planning to hang around Tulum for a little while longer. If so, we get it. After-all, you’ve got your yoga mat, new-found snorkeling prowess, and your new favorite bartender at Ziggy’s even knows your name … what else do you really need?
  • Oh, and if you do need it, we’re providing shuttles back to Cancun International Airport on this last day.

Provisions

What's Included

Five Nights of Accommodation in Tulum

Breakfast each morning

Daily vinyasa yoga class with guided mediation

One “A” experience and one “B” experience

Airport transfers to/from Tulum on Day 1 / Day 6 (within given time-window)

What's Not Included

Transportation to/from your hometown to Cancun International Airport

Insurance of any kind

Lunches, Dinners, Snacks

Optional suggested excursions beyond one “A” and one “B” experience

Transfers beyond those included

Alcoholic beverages and/or Soft Drinks

Items of a Personal Nature

Dates

November 2018 ; October 2019

Group Size

15-20 GlobeKickers

Suggested Airport

Cancún International Airport (CAN) in Cancun, Mexico

Weather

In November, the heat starts to taper, with an average daily temperature of 79°F. The sea temperature is still nice and warm at about 82°F. In Tulum, the chance of a wet day over the course of November is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 37% and ending it at 22%.

Gear List

Recommended

  • Passport
  • Color Copy of Passport Identification Page
  • Driver’s license (if you’re planning to a rent a car)
  • Credit cards & ATM card (don’t forget to set the travel notifications on your bank accounts so that your bank knows your traveling)
  • Books about Tulum and/or Mayan civilization
  • No more than 2 bathing suits or swim trunks / board shorts 
  • 1 pair of water resistant sandals 
  • Rash-guard if you plan to surf
  • Brimmed Hat
  • Sunglasses (polarized preferred) 
  • Towel
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye mask
  • Snacks or energy bars
  • Hydro Flask water bottle
  • Small backpack or day pack
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Hair brush & hair product
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Face wash
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Hand sanitizer or handy wipes
  • Razor
  • Eye-glasses and/or contacts
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip-balm (with SPF)
  • Nail clippers & tweezers
  • Body lotion
  • Prescription medicine (make a note of active ingredients in addition to brand in case of loss)
  • Pain relievers
  • Calamine lotion
  • Diarrhea remedy
  • Allergy medicine (& EpipPen if serious)
  • Sleeping aid for travel
  • 1 pair of long pants
  • 1 light long sleeve shirt
  • 1 pair of close-toed comfortable for walking or hiking
  • 1 outfit for going out (dress or nice shirt)
  • No more than 5 t-shirts or tank tops
  • No more than 5 shorts or skirts
  • Yoga Clothes
  • Yoga Mat
  • No more than 7 sets of underwear and socks. (Quick drying are best)
  • P.J.’s

Optional

  • Headphones
  • Cell phone
  • Camera if you’re using something other than your phone
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Laptop if you have to stay caught up with work
  • If you’re coming from the US or Canada you do not need a plug adapter. Be sure to check.
  • Tablet or E-reader
  • Camera and Accessories
  • Compass
  • GoPro (great for surfing, fishing or ATV’ing!)
  • GoPro Floaty (if you’re planning to surf)
  • Maps
  • Small Multitool

Travel Documents

  • Passport
  • Mexico Visa Requirements
  • Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
  • Photo Identification
  • Color Copy of Passport Identification Page

The GlobeKicker Gauges:

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1 = lowest and 10 = highest