Yucatan, Mexico

We’re thrilled to host our newest Mexico event! Join us for a six-day adventure traveling across the Yucatán on Mexico’s Tren Maya! The trip will take you to the colonial cities of Valladolid and Mérida, along with the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen-Itza and Uxmal!

6 Day Pyramid Tour of Yucatán, Mexico on Tren Maya

Explore the Yucatán in Mexico for 6 days and 5 nights on the new Tren Maya! Experience Mayan pyramids, world-class food, subterranean cenote swimming holes, vibrant and safe colonial cities, and more!

Travel at 99mph (160kph) across the Mexican Yucatán on the new Tren Maya! Our trip includes all train travel and we book the trip for you. All you have to do is show up at Cancún Airport and let us take care of the rest.

Yucatán Tren Maya Trip Itinerary:

Day 1: Cancún Airport to Valladolid by train

Day 2: Bike adventure to nearby cenotes (underground or partially-underground swimming holes)

Day 3: Train to Chichen-Itza, explore and stay nearby.

Day 4: Train to Mérida. Explore the city or go to Uxmal ruins nearby.

Day 5: Stay in Mérida, explore archeological sites or city.

Day 6: Train to Cancún Airport or extend your adventure and go to the beach on your own!

What will this Yucatán tour will include?

All transportation, beginning and ending from Cancún International Airport, on Mexico’s brand new Tren Maya high-speed rail system

Five nights accommodation

Transport to and from accommodation to Tren Maya stations

One-day bicycle rental to explore cenotes

Entrance to two cenote swimming holes

Two colonial city walking tours with local guides in Valladolid and Mérida

Two included group meals + food and restaurant recommendations from Carrie + Zach

Entrance and transport to a guided tour of Chichen-Itza, one of the Wonders of the Wold near Valladolid

Entrance and transport to a guided tour of Uxmal Archaeological Zone near Mérida

One-hour Spanish crash course

Bilingual guide(s)

A small group of like-minded individuals who are interested in traveling with intention. As always, this experience is alcohol and substance-free, supportive of sobriety and recovery in all its forms, and a safe space to share about your healing journey. We believe that all of us are recovering from something. The only reason we are able to do this work is because we walked the difficult but worthwhile path from substance abuse to sobriety. Although you don’t have to be sober in real life to attend, you do need to be willing to maintain sobriety from all recreational substances throughout the entire trip.

This will not be a yoga retreat as we normally offer. We are expanding our offerings and trying something new! While there will still be a group traveling together, we won’t be eating every meal together or having daily yoga classes. There will be opportunities to do yoga at local studios or in your own time, and an optional morning meditation at our accommodation each day.
We also have a 11-day trip with twice the adventure!

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Where does this Yucatán trip go?

This experience will start at the Tren Maya Station near Cancún International Airport. This is where your guides will meet you and commence the adventure. From there the train will take you on just a 1-hour journey to Valladolid, a small and peaceful colonial city. Nights one and two will be spent at a hotel or Airbnb in the city. On day two we will explore the area by bicycle, riding on a popular and safe bike path that loops by three of Yucatan’s famous cenote subterranean swimming holes.

On day three we will take a short (<1hr) train to the world wonder of Chichen-Itza, a giant Mayan archaeological site. We will spend the day there on a tour with a local guide, spending the night at a hotel or similar Airbnb nearby the ruins.

The morning of day four we will take the Tren Maya to Mérida (approx. 1 hour), a larger (very safe) colonial city that is the center of modern Yucatan culture. We will spend two nights in Mérida, exploring the amazing city and taking a day trip to the ruins of Uxmal, another large site of Mayan pyramids and temples.

On the sixth morning we will board the Tren Maya for the last time, taking the 2.5 hour ride back to Cancún Airport where the trip will conclude. From here you are welcome to return home or continue onwards on your own to beach destinations in Quintana Roo or elsewhere!

What is Tren Maya?

Tren Maya is a large-scale project in Mexico, a new railway network spanning approximately 1,500 miles in the Yucatán Peninsula. The project was proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador as a means to boost tourism, stimulate economic development, and address social and environmental concerns in the region. The railway connects major tourist destinations, archaeological sites, and cities, promoting connectivity and fostering economic growth.

The project faced criticism and controversy from the start, with concerns raised about its environmental impact, potential displacement of indigenous communities, and the lack of comprehensive consultation with local stakeholders. However, now that the project has been constructed, the high-speed electric train is by far the most sustainable and easy way to get around the Yucatan.

food tour merida tren maya

What is there eat in Yucatán, Mexico?

We’ve kept the price low by not including all the food on this trip. This allows you to experience the great food of Mexico in whatever way you would like. We will provide two meals along with lists in each destination of our favorite places to eat. These recommendations will be for plant-based or meat eaters. Food can range in price from $2 to $15+ per meal, depending on how local or extravagant you go. Tacos and local food are quite cheap, while western flavors can be more expensive. Valladolid and Mérida both have many plant-based restaurants that are very good. Check out our post on what it’s like being vegan in Mexico.

Guided by Carrie and Zach of Bigger Life Adventures!

We have spent many months of our lives traveling all over Mexico. After our wedding in 2013 we got in our old car with our old dog and drove from California to the tip of the Baja Peninsula. The fun we had on that adventure started what is no doubt a life-long love for Mexico; the people, the food, the beauty, the language, the history!

In the time since we gone on many Mexico adventures. In 2022 we drove in our Prius from our home in Arizona to Oaxaca, Mexico and back, a trip of over 5000 miles! It was maybe our greatest journey yet, with never-ending new things to discover! We climbed the highest mountain in Mexico (Pico de Orizaba 18,500ft) and ate amazing food the whole way!

We host many Mexico events and are so excited to add this one! We’ve taken people all over the USA, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Thailand. Mexico is always one of our favorite countries to show to travelers!

Read more about Carrie & Zach’s background and qualifications!

How’s the weather in Yucatán, Mexico?

The Yucatán weather is usually pretty warm, with the winter months being a really nice escape from the North American winter. Winter is also pretty dry, which is good because when it rains, it rains hard. Temperatures range from 65-90F and it can sometimes be humid.

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Is Yucatán Safe?

Yucatán, Mexico is one of the safest destinations for international tourists in all of the Americas. Mérida is regularly featured as one of the friendliest cities of it’s size in the world and statistics show it is safer for travelers than most United States cities.  Here is a crime comparison between Mérida and San Diego, CA. showing that you are almost twice as likely to experience a crime in San Diego compared to Mérida.

yucatan tour tren maya

In this article from 2019, Mérida is ranked as the second-safest city in the Americas, behind only Quebec City in Canada. You can walk around town at any time of day or night, alone, and no one will bother you here.

Mérida has maintained safety throughout Mexico’s drug war because many affluent people in Mexico send their children to university in Mérida. Powerful politicians, ultra-rich CEOs, and top cartel families all send their kids to school in Mérida. None of these people want problems there, so the city and all of Yucatan have maintained a more relaxed atmosphere than other parts of the country. This safety ripples out to the entire Yucatan penninsula, making it a great destination for first-time Mexico travelers.

The economic and safety situation in most of Mexico has improved, even in the time that we have been traveling there. There are increasing numbers of Mexican families that are entering the middle class, and this means more money for travel. While Mexico does continue to have conflict in specific regions, the US media makes it seem as if the whole country is at war, which is far from true. Yucatan is a place where you can go pretty much anywhere you want, without problems. We’ve found that almost 100% of the time when tourists experience trouble in Mexico, alcohol or drugs or involved. Since this is a substance-free group trip, that won’t be a problem for us!

Who can come on this Yucatán train tour?

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We pride ourselves on being inclusive to all. However, international travel, heat, physical activities, and other factors do influence who is going to have a good time on this trip. There are a few things that are required to come on this trip:

You must be willing to try new things. This is not a “vacation” but an opportunity to break out of our normal routines.

You must be willing to try to speak Spanish, even if that is just two or three words. We include a 1-hour Spanish crash course on this tour but a good traveler would spend some time on Duolingo or studying before arrival. Luckily almost everyone speaks a little English, most quite good. We just feel it is respectful to at least try to speak the local language and people appreciate it.

You must be willing to spend the trip alcohol-free. This is what makes our trips really special and different from many others. We believe that time spent traveling should be healthy for our mind, body, and spirit. Even if you drink alcohol in normal life, it is good for everyone to take some time off. You will get to see Mexico in a different way than the average tourist, from beyond the haze of the cantina.

You must be willing to accept that Mexico is a developing county and try to not let the little things bother you. It is the imperfections that create the beauty, and Mexico really shows us this truth.

You must have a valid passport and understand the entry requirements for your country of origin.

We also require that attendees purchase travel insurance for the length of their stay with us. We recommend World Nomads for this service. It will run you $50-100 per person and is really worth the money in case of an emergency.

Optional trip add-ons:

Bee tour in a dry cenote with samples of Mayan honey in Valladolid.

beer tour valladolid mexico

Ask us about other add-ons! There isn’t a lot of open time in the schedule, but I’m sure you could fit something!

Massages and yoga classes are available in the cities. We will send out options for this when you book!

If this all sounds great but you want more, check out our 11 day trips! They have the same start but continue for two more amazing stops, ending at the terminus of Tren Maya in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico!

Post-adventure options for MORE ADVENTURE!

After the train trip, you can either return home from Cancún Airport or continue onwards on the train (or bus, rental car, ect.) to the beautiful Mexican beaches in Quintana Roo such as Playa del Carmen, Holbox, Cozumel, Tulum, Bacalar, Belize, Guatemala or other Central American destinations!


Just like all of our retreats, this is a substance-free, recovery-supportive environment! Although you don’t have to be sober in real life to come on our retreat, you do need to be willing to take a break from any recreational substances throughout the entire retreat experience. We believe everyone is recovering from something, whether it’s addiction, stress, trauma, eating disorders, or just the disconnection of life in our busy, high-tech world. Bigger Life Adventures strives to create a safe and open space for vulnerability and openness about each and every healing journey. Our retreats don’t include formal recovery meetings, but our guests are always sharing and learning from each other as we all work to use the tools of yoga and community to become better and live bigger lives.

Transportation to and from Cancún International Airport on Mexico’s brand new Tren Maya

Five nights accommodation in hotels or Airbnbs similar to photos in Gallery. Every place we stay will be slightly different. Solo travelers will share rooms with same-gender roommates. We will do our best to give couples or friends coming together their own room, but it is not guaranteed. Living in community is part of the experience! If you are a solo traveler but desperately need your own room, please contact us and we will see what we can arrange.

Transport to and from accommodations to attractions and to Tren Maya stations

One day bicycle rental

Two colonial city walking tours with local guides in Valladolid and Mérida

Entrance to two cenote swimming holes

Small group of like minded, active individuals

Two included group meals

Clean drinking water

Food and restaurant recommendations for each location

Entrance and transport to Chichen-Itza, one of the Wonders of the Wold near Valladolid. Local guide included.

Entrance and transport to Uxmal Archaeological Zone near Mérida. Local guide included.

Bilingual guide(s) that come on the journey with you

One hour Spanish crash course

A fun group of like-minded people down to experience Mexico alcohol-free!

Not included:
Other meals. Local food is delicious and affordable and we will provide you with suggestions. Many accommodations will have kitchens with the opportunity to make your own simple meals. We recommend budgeting $25-75 per day for food, depending on how budget or fancy you like to eat! Street food, market, and restaurant recommendations for each location we stop will be provided for all dietary preferences!

Additional tours

Massages (affordable and readily available in Valladolid or Mérida)

Flights in and out of Cancun, Mexico

Yoga classes (we highly recommend trying out a class in Spanish at a studio in Mérdia or Valladolid)

Thursday, January 23

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Ride Tren Maya to Valladolid

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Colonial Valladolid walking tour

  • 12:30 pm

    Welcome lunch at local restaurant.

  • 1:00 pm

    Check-in to hotel or Airbnb in Valladolid

  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Mayan Bee Experience add-on or free time

  • 6:30 pm

    Dinner on own

Friday, January 24

  • 7:30 am

    Breakfast on own

  • 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

    Guided bike trip to cenote swimming holes

  • 12:00 pm

    Lunch on own

  • 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Free time to enjoy colonial Valladolid

  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Spanish crash course at hotel

  • 6:30 pm

    Dinner on own

Saturday, January 25

  • 7:00 am - 9:00 am

    Breakfast on own

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Train to Chichen-Itza

  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Enjoy Chichen-Itza with guide

  • 6:00 pm

    Arrive at local hotel or Airbnb

  • 6:30 pm

    Dinner on own

Sunday, January 26

  • 7:00 am - 9:00 am

    Local breakfast on own.

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Train to Mérida

  • 1:00 pm

    Check-in to hotel or Airbnb

  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Lunch on own

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Mérida colonial city walking tour.

  • 6:30 pm

    Dinner on own

Monday, January 27

  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Breakfast on own

  • 8:30 am

    Pick up time for trip to Uxmal Pyramids

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Enjoy Uxmal archaeological site

  • 12:30 pm

    Return to Mérida

  • 1:30 pm

    Lunch on own, time to explore city.

  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Dinner on own

  • 7:30 pm

    Enjoy city at night!

Tuesday, January 28

  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am

    Breakfast on own

  • 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Enjoy Mérida on own

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Group lunch Included

  • 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    Ride train back to Cancún Airport

  • 6:30 pm

    Continue home or to beaches on own

Accommodations will be in quality, highly-rated hotels or Airbnbs in safe neighborhoods that are walkable or a short taxi to city centers. Rooms may or may not be exactly what is pictured but will be of similar value and style. The group will usually be together but could be split depending on availability.

There are two options when you book.

Solo traveler (single or double bed):

$1650 USD per person

Two travelers sharing a bed (king or queen bed):

$3100 USD per couple

We will make attempts to put couples into private rooms but do not guarantee it depending on availability.

The deposit paid here reserves your spot on this trip. Full price bookings help to fund our discounted recovery scholarships. 1 recovery scholarship is still available for this tour. After the deposit, your remaining balance will be due in 2 equal payments, the first by October 1, and the second by November 1, 2024.

Payment plans are available if you can’t afford the whole deposit right now. Just send us a message and we can try to work something out.

Arrive at Cancún International Airport where the train trip will begin.

US Passport or proof of US residency is required for return travel to the US. No visa is required for entry into Mexico for US citizens. If you live outside of the USA, please check your visa requirements.

No vaccination or covid test is required for border crossing. Please don’t arrive sick.

Yucatan is a very safe, touristy state in Mexico. Zach and I have traveled extensively in the region. If you haven’t been to Mexico before you can trust in our competency and Spanish speaking abilities as guides! Please let us know if you have any questions!

Travel booking option:

Since I get a lot of requests for assistance anyway, I decided to offer a new flight booking service for all my retreat guests and friends!
You provide me with your desired travel dates and airports and I will find you the cheapest, best flights possible and book them for you for just a $50 add-on fee.
I’m a pretty good “travel hacker” thanks to years of experience. We can do this together via Zoom to confirm everything or I’ll make sure to triple check everything with you before booking!*
This benefits YOU if online flight searching stresses you out or you just don’t find it fun.
It benefits Zach and I because I book most of our travel using our credit card points. We have a lot of travel planned this year so we need as many points as possible. You’ll reimburse me and I’ll get the frequent flyer miles to fund my own travel habit!
Could be a win win for all of us?

***After flight is booked you are responsible to handle all flight related issues and manage any changes made by the airline which are out of our control.****

First time back-to Mexico in over 25 years and still a beautiful as I remembered . The people I’ve met, the experiences we’ve enjoyed together will stay with me the rest of my life . Thank you Carrie and Zach for hosting a perfect retreat with great music , food , yoga and entertainment.
Thanks Bigger Life Adventures!
-Tod, 2022

Carrie and Zach are incredible! My wife and I attended the retreat in Baja this year and it was truly so special. From morning yoga and meditation, to ziplining, surfing and the delicious food they provided- everything was perfect. I felt so safe and supported in the community they helped create for the long weekend. Definitely recommend booking a trip with these guys !!
-Kelly, 2021



Since all retreat deposits and payments are used to secure venues, activities, and supplies, and since canceled spots require extra time and energy to re-fill, all deposits and payments are non refundable. In emergency situations, you may or may not be offered a credit for a future retreat or event, based on the decision of our team. Cancellations due to fear of travel are not transferable or refundable. Cancellations less than 1 month before your retreat are not refundable or transferable. We recommend travel insurance to protect your investment in the event you must cancel.