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Beyond the Beach: Adventures in Riviera Maya

Mexico

8 days / 7 Nights

Multi-day trip description

Embark on an unforgettable 7-day accessible adventure through the captivating wonders of Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Designed specifically for travelers using wheelchairs, our tour is packed with exciting activities, amazing sights, and authentic cultural experiences. From your arrival at Cancun International Airport to your stay at the wheelchair-friendly Wyndham Garden Downtown Cancun, we'll ensure every detail is taken care of, providing the ...Embark on an unforgettable 7-day accessible adventure through the captivating wonders of Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Designed specifically for travelers using wheelchairs, our tour is packed with exciting activities, amazing sights, and authentic cultural experiences. From your arrival at Cancun International Airport to your stay at the wheelchair-friendly Wyndham Garden Downtown Cancun, we'll ensure every detail is taken care of, providing the perfect blend of comfort, convenience, and adventure.

Our itinerary includes breathtaking visits to historical sites like Chichen Itza and Tulum, where you'll be guided through ancient cities and stunning ruins. Discover the vibrant city of Valladolid and its charming colonial architecture. Indulge in a full-day tour of Xcaret, an eco-friendly park filled with accessible attractions that showcase the region's natural beauty and cultural heritage. Shop for souvenirs at La Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen, explore Mercado 28, and unwind with a panoramic city tour of Cancun.

Throughout the trip, you'll be treated to delectable meals at accessible restaurants, like La Parrilla, where you can savor traditional Mexican cuisine while enjoying live mariachi music. Some of the meals are included. As the tour progresses, you'll have the chance to relax and enjoy the all-inclusive amenities of Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa. Here, you'll find accessible rooms, a pool lift, and a dedicated team to provide any necessary accommodations during your stay.

Join us on this incredible journey as we explore the rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant culture of Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Please consider that you need to have a minimum level of mobility in order to keep up with the rest of the group, in case you need extra assistance we will be more than happy to help you book that. With our laid-back approach and carefully curated accessible experiences, you'll be able to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of this beautiful region without any worries. So come along and create lasting memories on this once-in-a-lifetime accessible adventure!

Accessibility. What to expect?

  • Transportation

    Transportation is wheelchair accessible. Airport shuttles included.

  • Assistance

    Guides/staff members with experience assisting people with disabilities will be there to help you.

  • Equipment

    There is the option of renting mobility aids and adapted equipment in case you need something that is not specified in the itinerary.

  • Bathroom

    Accessible bathrooms at multiple stops during this trip

  • Places

    Visited places are all wheelchair accessible, and most of them can be navigated independently depending on your level of ability. Assistance will be provided at places with uneven terrains.

  • Accommodation

    Accessible accommodation is guaranteed. Roll-in showers are available.

From $2,950 USD / per person. Based in 2 travelers

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Cancun! - November 9,2023 thumbnail

Day 1: Welcome to Cancun! - November 9,2023

10 AM, 12 PM, 4 PM: Our team will pick you up at the Cancun International Airport in an accessible minivan. We will help you out with your luggag...10 AM, 12 PM, 4 PM: Our team will pick you up at the Cancun International Airport in an accessible minivan. We will help you out with your luggage as soon as you arrive. Featuring a wheelchair ramp on the side, enough space to travel sitting in your wheelchair, and safety straps. The staff at the airport are very friendly and if needed they will help you with your luggage to the exit. This group tour will have 3 airport shuttles on the first day, the journey is 40 mins long.

Check-in at Hotel Wyndham Garden Downtown Cancun

The Wyndham Garden Cancun Downtown hotel is a great option for travelers using wheelchairs who are looking for comfortable and accessible accommodations during their stay in Cancun.

The hotel offers wheelchair-accessible rooms that are spacious and comfortable, featuring lowered beds and other amenities designed to meet the needs of guests with disabilities. The bathrooms in these rooms are also fully accessible, with grab bars and roll-in showers available.

In addition to its accessibility features, the Wyndham Garden Cancun Downtown hotel is also known for its friendly and helpful staff, who are always available to assist guests with any questions or concerns they may have.

During this trip, you won't be spending too much time at the hotel as your day-to-day agenda will be packed with activities. For the last 2 nights of your trip, you will spend them at an accessible all-inclusive resort, keep reading to discover more!

6:30 PM: Transfer to La Parrilla (20 mins)

7:00 PM: Welcome dinner at La Parrilla! (1.5 hrs)

Get ready for a feast of flavors and colors at La Parrilla, a traditional Mexican restaurant that has been delighting locals and visitors alike since 1975. With a commitment to rescuing the most authentic and delicious recipes, La Parrilla offers a unique dining experience that combines art, tequila, and lively mariachi music.

But what makes La Parrilla truly special is its accessibility for travelers using wheelchairs. With ample space to move around and a fully accessible layout, everyone can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and savor the mouthwatering dishes. La Parrilla is a true celebration of Mexican cuisine, from tacos al pastor to flank steak, charro beans, and other traditional Mexican delights. Come and experience the flavors, traditions, and colors of Mexico at La Parrilla, and leave with unforgettable memories.

Dinner included

8:30 PM: Transfer back to the hotel

Stay:

Hotel Wyndham Garden Downtown Cancun
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Day 2: Chichen Itza and Valladolid - November 10, 2023

7:30 AM: Breakfast at the hotel

8:30 AM: Ground transportation to Chichen Itza (2.5 hrs)

To maximize the day's itinerary, an early departure is...
7:30 AM: Breakfast at the hotel

8:30 AM: Ground transportation to Chichen Itza (2.5 hrs)

To maximize the day's itinerary, an early departure is recommended. Very few accessible restroom facilities will be available en route, so make sure to use the restroom at the hotel before starting your trip, since almost the entire time you’ll be traveling through forested areas.

The transportation vehicle is fully equipped to accommodate guests using wheelchairs and will be the same vehicle utilized for airport transfers and subsequent travel arrangements throughout the duration of the trip.

11:15 AM: Chichen Itza Tour (2.5 hrs)

Welcome to Chichén Itzá, one of the most fascinating ancient cities in the world! To make the most of your day, we recommend an early departure so you can enjoy all that this magnificent site has to offer.

If you have any concerns about accessibility, fear not! Chichén Itzá is extremely accessible, with the same transportation vehicle you'll be using throughout your trip fully equipped to accommodate guests using wheelchairs.

Once you arrive at the entrance, follow the ramp to the ticket booth and entryway, which is flat and cemented, making it easy to navigate. Although the terrain may be less than ideal in some areas, you'll have no problem exploring this incredible site.

As you journey through the ancient city, you'll come across many paths made of tightly packed dirt scattered with small loose and embedded stones, and occasional tree roots that you'll need to navigate around. But don't worry, the paths are wide and it's easy to move around. Plus, vendors lining the route will keep you entertained along the way!

Once you reach the main ruin complex, you'll be thrilled to know it's completely flat, so there are no big hills to climb! However, remember that the area is hot and humid year-round, so we will help you find shade along the far sides of the ruins.

If you need to take a break, there's an accessible restroom located inside the main entrance building, and other accessible restrooms can be found in a small shopping center area where you can buy souvenirs and snacks.

Don't miss the opportunity to explore one of the world's most iconic and fascinating ancient cities. Chichén Itzá awaits!

1:45 PM: Lunch at a local restaurant (included)
We will take you to a restaurant near the archeological site where you will get to taste the true flavors of Mayan cuisine.

2:30 PM: Transfer to Valladolid (50 mins)

3:30 PM: City tour of Valladolid (2 hrs)

Explore the beautiful city of Valladolid on a 2-hour accessible tour, designed to showcase the best of this charming destination. The tour begins with a stroll down Calzada de Los Frailes, a picturesque street lined with colorful colonial houses. You'll have the opportunity to take in the city's beautiful architecture and snap some photos of this picturesque street.

We'll then do a visit to the San Bernardino de Siena Convent, one of the region's oldest and most historic buildings. Our knowledgeable guide will share insights into the fascinating history of this building, and you will have plenty of time to explore its beautiful architecture.

Next, we'll head to the Casa de los Venados, a private house home to an impressive collection of Mexican folk art. Our guide will provide a guided tour of the exhibition, giving you a chance to learn about the culture and art of Mexico.

Our next stop will be at Zaci Regional Handcraft Center, where you can admire and purchase some of the beautiful handicrafts made by local artisans. This center is fully accessible for wheelchair users, and our staff will be available if you require any assistance. Finally, we'll head to Francisco Cantón Rosado Plaza, a beautiful square perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sights and sounds of Valladolid.

5:30 PM: Transfer back to Cancun (2.5 hrs)

8:15 PM: Arrival at the hotel. Dinner is optional (not included) depending on the group's energy level.

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Day 3: Having fun in Xcaret! - November 11, 2023

8:00 AM: Breakfast at the hotel

9:00 AM: Transfer to Xcaret (1.5 hrs)

Full day in Xcaret (10 hrs)

Get ready for an unforgettable full-day tour...
8:00 AM: Breakfast at the hotel

9:00 AM: Transfer to Xcaret (1.5 hrs)

Full day in Xcaret (10 hrs)

Get ready for an unforgettable full-day tour of Xcaret, one of the most fascinating and eco-friendly parks in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico! We have designed this tour to be fully accessible for wheelchair users, and our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be there to assist you in case you need help throughout the day.

The park features accessible parking areas, ramps, and elevators, as well as accessible restrooms throughout the park. In addition, many of the park's attractions are accessible to wheelchair users.

We'll start our day with a leisurely stroll through the park, taking in the stunning natural beauty of the park's natural pools, underground rivers, and cultural exhibits.

One of the highlights of the park is the underground river, and we'll take our time to explore this unique attraction at a slow pace. If you want to, with a bit of help, you'll be able to swim and float along the crystal-clear waters, marveling at the stunning rock formations and the natural beauty of this unique ecosystem.

We'll also visit the park's aviary, where you'll have the chance to see a variety of exotic birds up close. The aviary is fully accessible for wheelchair users, and our staff will be there to help you get the best possible view of the birds.

Other highlights of the park include the butterfly pavilion, where you can see a variety of colorful butterflies up close, and the cultural exhibits, which provide fascinating insights into the history and traditions of the region.

Throughout the day, our staff will be there to assist you in any way possible, ensuring that you have a safe and enjoyable experience at Xcaret. We've designed this tour to be fully accessible and enjoyable for wheelchair users, so you can relax and enjoy the beauty and wonder of this amazing park without any worries.

For lunch, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from (included).

Transfer back to Cancun (1.5 hrs)

10:30 PM: Arrival at the hotel. Dinner is optional (not included) depending on the group's energy level.

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Day 4: Explore Tulum and Playa del Carmen - November 12, 2023

9:00 AM: Breakfast at the hotel

10:00 AM: Check out Wyndham Garden Downtown Cancun

10:45 AM: Transfer to Tulum (2 hrs)

1:30 PM: Lunch in Tulum...
9:00 AM: Breakfast at the hotel

10:00 AM: Check out Wyndham Garden Downtown Cancun

10:45 AM: Transfer to Tulum (2 hrs)

1:30 PM: Lunch in Tulum (not included)

2:30 PM: Tour of Tulum Archeological Site (2 hrs)

Welcome to our Tulum Archeological Site tour designed for wheelchair users! We are excited to show you this ancient city with stunning views of the Caribbean sea. At the entrance, our team will assist you in purchasing your ticket at the open-air accessible ticket booth area. Once you start your journey, you will encounter ramps and paths that are mostly flat and spacious. However, some ramps are steep, and the paths can get slippery with puddles if it rained recently. Don't worry, our team will be there to help you overcome any obstacles along the way.

We will take a 5-10 minute walk on a mixture of cobblestone, dirt paths, and puddles before arriving at the ruins. On the way, we will go through three steep ramps with a little bit of help from our team. Once we cross a small tunnel, we will be able to explore the ruins with ease. The path around the right side of the Tulum Ruins is composed of packed dirt with small, loose rocks. Some parts of the ruins are also accessible off the path, which is helpful to avoid some of the puddles. We will be able to get up close to some of the ruins, and there are low informational signs for easy reading.

Be on the lookout for iguanas, as they blend in so well that you can easily miss them! While the most iconic view of the Tulum Ruins is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible, we will still have access to a ground-floor ocean viewpoint after crossing a sandy path.

Overall, our Tulum Archeological Site tour will take 2 hours and will be at a slow pace so you can take in all the stunning views and history of this ancient city. Don't let the steep ramps or puddles discourage you, the effort is worth it to see this beautiful site. Our team will be there to assist you every step of the way.

4:30 PM: Transfer to Playa del Carmen (1 hr)

5:30 PM: Roll-in La Quinta Avenida (1.5 hrs)

Welcome to La Quinta Avenida, the perfect place to shop for souvenirs and gifts while in Playa del Carmen! This charming pedestrian street is located just a few steps from the beach and offers a wide range of shops, cafes, and restaurants for you to explore.

The shopping tour will last for about 1.5 hours, giving you enough time to browse through the various stores and find the perfect items to take back home with you. Our tour has been designed with accessibility in mind, making it easy and comfortable for wheelchair users to navigate through the street.

The sidewalks on La Quinta Avenida are wide and flat, with curb cuts at intersections to facilitate easy movement. The majority of the shops have level access, and our staff will be there to assist you in case you need any help.

You'll find a variety of shops selling local handicrafts, clothing, jewelry, and much more. The local shops are full of vibrant colors and interesting designs, making it a unique shopping experience that you won't forget. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can stop for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink, and in some of them, you can use an accessible restroom.

7:00 PM: Transfer back to Cancun (1 hr)

8:00 PM: Check-in at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa. Dinner is included as part of the hotel's all-inclusive package.

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Day 5: Relax day at your all inclusive hotel! - November 13, 2023

After a few busy days exploring the beautiful Riviera Maya, it's time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the all-inclusive amenities of Dreams Sands ...After a few busy days exploring the beautiful Riviera Maya, it's time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the all-inclusive amenities of Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa. This stunning beachfront resort is designed to provide a comfortable and accessible vacation experience for all guests, including those with disabilities.

The resort features accessible rooms with roll-in showers, grab bars, and other amenities to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. Whether you want to take a dip in the pool, relax on the beach, or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the resort's many restaurants, you'll have everything you need right at your fingertips.

The pool area has a lift for wheelchair users to enter and exit the water, and the beach is also accessible with a special beach wheelchair available for guests to use. In addition, the resort has a dedicated team to assist guests with disabilities and provide any necessary accommodations during their stay.

At Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa, you'll have everything you need for a fun, relaxing, and accessible vacation experience. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea!

All the meals are included as part of the hotel's all-inclusive package.

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Day 6: Chilled morning at your hotel with afternoon tour of Cancun - November 14, 2023

Free morning at your all-inclusive hotel!

3:00 PM: Transfer to Mercado 28 (30 mins)

3:30 PM: Shopping tour at Mercado 28 (1 hr)

Mercado 28 is ...
Free morning at your all-inclusive hotel!

3:00 PM: Transfer to Mercado 28 (30 mins)

3:30 PM: Shopping tour at Mercado 28 (1 hr)

Mercado 28 is a must-visit market in Cancun that showcases the vibrant culture and crafts of Mexico. You'll find everything from traditional Mexican clothing to souvenirs, jewelry, and handmade crafts. This stop is wheelchair accessible and our staff will be there to assist you. Get ready to immerse yourself in the local culture and find unique treasures to bring back home.

4:30 PM: City tour of Cancun (1.5 hrs)

Let's go on a super chill and fun-filled panoramic city tour of Cancun. We'll cruise around town, soaking up the vibes of this amazing place, and checking out its unique mix of culture and landmarks. You'll be kickin' back in a comfy, air-conditioned accessible ride while we roll through the lively streets, taking in the cool contrast between modern high-rises and classic Mexican architecture.

And get ready for some seriously awesome views, as we'll be passing by the breathtaking Nichupte Lagoon and the dazzling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. This laid-back tour will give you a taste of what Cancun is all about. We'll make a few stops along the way, wherever the group feels like hopping off to enjoy the scenery or snap some pics. Come on, let's explore Cancun together!

6:00 PM: Shopping time at La Isla (1.5 hrs)

La Isla is a popular outdoor shopping mall located in Cancun, Mexico. It's a beautiful open-air mall, and is a great place to enjoy a stroll or some window shopping. The mall features an impressive range of stores, from high-end luxury brands to more affordable options, making it perfect for any budget. La Isla is also home to a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars, so you can take a break and grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink.

For wheelchair users, La Isla is an accessible shopping option, with wide paths, ramps, and accessible restrooms. Our tour staff will be available to assist you in case you need any help or have any questions. Join us for a leisurely afternoon of shopping and dining at La Isla!

7:30 PM: Transfer back to the hotel (10 mins)

Dinner is included as part of the hotel's all-inclusive package.

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Day 7: Time to go home - November 15, 2023


11:00 AM: Check out Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa (it will depend a bit on the time of your flight, let us know if you need a late checkout)....

11:00 AM: Check out Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa (it will depend a bit on the time of your flight, let us know if you need a late checkout).

We will have three airport shuttles at 9 AM, 12 PM, 4 PM

As we near the end of this unforgettable journey, we can't help but reflect on the memories we've created together. From exploring ancient ruins to snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, we've experienced the very best that Riviera Maya has to offer. But more than that, we've formed bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Our team will pick you up at Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa in an accessible minivan to take you to Cancun Int. Airport. We will help you out with your luggage.

We hope that this trip has not only been a source of joy and adventure but has also allowed you to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the rich culture and natural beauty of this region. Thank you for being a part of our community, and we hope that the memories we've made together will stay with you long after the trip is over. Safe travels and until we meet again!

    What's included

  • Transportation in a wheelchair-accessible vehicle to and from the airport and during the trip

  • Accessible accommodation

  • Certified bilingual guide throughout the tour

  • Entrances to Chichen Itza, Tulum and Xcaret

  • Meals specified in the itinerary

  • Tour leader from Wheel the World

    What's not included

  • Airline tickets

  • Tips for driver and guide

  • Travel or medical insurance

  • Meals not specified in the itinerary

  • Additional transfers airport - hotel or vice versa (there are 3 scheduled transfers on the bus for the whole group)

Travel Restrictions in Mexico

At the moment there are not travel restrictions for this destination.

Important Information

  • If you want your own room there is a single supplement additional charge of $1100

  • A 20% deposit is required to secure your spot on the tour. The remaining 80% must be paid 45 days before the trip start date.

  • This tour must have a minimum of 6 participants to take place at the listed price. If the minimum is not reached, the tour still may be able to occur at a higher price, we will let you know by email.

  • This tour has a maximum capacity of 12 people, with a total max. of 4 powered wheelchair users

  • Group tours will be accepting new travelers until 60 days prior to the start date

  • Travel insurance is not included but is highly recommended.

  • We strongly recommend booking flights with a flexible price, so that you can make changes if needed.

  • Visa requirements can vary depending on your nationality. Ask a us if you need assistance.

  • If you're looking to make your trip even more amazing by adding extra days or activities, our Travel Experts would be more than happy to help you out! They're knowledgeable and friendly, so don't hesitate to reach out to them. They will be more than happy to help you plan your dream trip!

  • If you need personal assistance during your trip please let us know at least 30 days before to plan and help you accordingly. This applies to travelers joining us by themselves, while having very limited mobility.

  • Let us know at least 30 days before your trip if you need to rent a wheelchair, scooter or any other mobility device at the destination.

  • Keep in mind that the times mentioned in each day's itinerary are just a rough guide to help you envision your experience. They might change a little based on circumstances during the trip, but that's all part of the adventure! Staying relaxed and sticking to the schedule as best as possible will ensure everyone gets the most out of each day. So, let's go with the flow and make some unforgettable memories together!

Cancellation Policies

  • We totally understand that things come up and plans change. To officially cancel your trip, we need to get written confirmation from you. Just reach out to your Travel Expert and they'll help you with the process.
  • 1) If you let us know more than 60 days before your trip, we'll keep your deposit as a credit for you to use later.
  • 2) If you let us know between 45 and 59 days before your trip, we'll charge a 30% fee of the total booking cost.
  • 3) If you let us know between 44 and 30 days before your trip, we'll charge a 60% fee of the total booking cost.
  • 4) If you let us know 29 days or fewer before your trip, we'll charge a 100% fee of the total booking cost.
  • 5) No-show or not used portions of the trip are non-refundable.
  • No matter what, we'll do our best to make this process as easy as possible for you.
  • If a trip or activity cannot take place due to extraordinary circumstances (extreme weather events, social movements, war, earthquakes, epidemics, etc), a full refund cannot be guaranteed. Rest assured, the Wheel the World team will do its best to offer the best arrangements possible.