HOLBOX
Mexico’s Enchanted Island

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Tour at a Glance

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TRAVELIAN JOURNEYS  
  Limited to 16 guests                   6 Days / 5 Nights                Physical demand: Level 2  
     
TOUR DATES  
  March 20 - 25, 2018               March 19 - 24, 2019                  
     
2018 - COST PER PERSON:    

 
  Sharing room:                     $ 1,700 USD ( $ 2,250 CA)  
  Single supplement:            $  750 USD ( $ 1,000 CA)  
  Charges will be processed in MXN.  
     
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Tour Details

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Join Travelian for a relaxing and fulfilling experience to one of Mexico’s low-key treasures!

Isla Holbox is a small (26 miles long) island north of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, in Quintana Roo State. It's part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve, and separated from the mainland by the Yalahau Lagoon, which is home to flamingos, pelicans and other rich birdlife. The island is between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, with waters rich in marine life.

Getting to Isla Holbox is an adventure in itself! The island is accessed by ferry from the mainland town of Chiquila, and has virtually no cars; transport by most residents and tourists is by electric golf carts and mopeds. Other vehicles are not allowed in order to protect the environment and to prevent the streets from getting sand covered.

This relaxing paradise offers simple pleasures, such as of swinging in a hammock and enjoying natural beauty. The island shores are wide beaches that offer plenty of room for beach walkers and swimmers.

Other relaxing choices are wandering through the town, beach combing, swimming in beautiful waters, or enjoying good food at one of the many beach restaurants. It’s a place to unwind and escape crowded tourist areas. 

Take a boat to “Isla Pájaros” (Bird Island), a small island covered by both mangroves and cacti, located on the Yalahau lagoon, where there is a large diversity of birds. As some of them are endangered species, two observation points and walkways are provided to minimize the direct contact with the birds. Flamingos, cormorants, herons, frigate birds, pelicans, wild ducks and gulls are among the species that can be observed in their natural environment. If you are a bird watcher, bring your binoculars! 

Sunsets are a part of the daily ritual. Relax under a palapa on the beach. Enjoy each evening with a refreshing drink and a delicious seafood meal, in the company of traveling friends and our warm and knowledgeable guides. Let Travelian take you as part of a small group of travelers into the captivating Caribbean world of Holbox Island, in safety and comfort.



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Itinerary - 6 Days


DAY 1 – TRAVEL DAY - NIGHT IN MERIDA
Fly to Merida. A van will pick us up at the airport and take us to our hotel where we'll enjoy lunch* upon arrival. After checking into our hotel, we'll have free time to explore downtown Merida on our own. We'll gather with our group in the lobby of our hotel at 4:30 pm for a brief presentation of the tour by our guides, before departing to enjoy dinner with Yucatan Splendor tour group*

If you are flying on your own into Merida, please meet our group at 4:30 pm on Tuesday 24th in the lobby of our hotel for a brief presentation of the tour by our guides. 

DAY 2 – EXPLORE IZAMAL, THE MAYAN YELLOW CITY - NIGHT IN HOLBOX

7:00 am Breakfast at hotel then check out and depart for Holbox. Visit Valladolid along the way and discover its beauty. Have lunch* and a local restaurant before continuing our journey. Once in the town of Chiquila, we'll take a 30 minute ferry ride to Holbox Island. That evening, meet in our hotel lobby and walk to dinner* at a nearby restaurant. Return to hotel.

DAY 3 – EXPLORE THE ISLAND ON GOLF CARTS AND RELAX

7:00 am Breakfast at our hotel. Leave for a guided tour of the Island, ride or drive in golf carts and stop along the way at different interesting spots. On the way back enjoy fresh sea food lunch* at a nice local restaurant. Have a free afternoon to enjoy Holbox. That evening meet in the lobby of our hotel and depart for a delicious dinner* at a nearby restaurant.

DAY 4 – THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF HOLBOX

7:00 am Breakfast at our hotel. Leave for a boat tour to visit Holbox island's main natural attractions, Isla pajaros, Isla pasion, and Yalahau Cenote. At return have lunch* at a nearby restaurant. Have free time to enjoy the pool, the beach, or just relax. That evening well meet in the lobby of our hotel and depart for dinner* at a nearby restaurant.

DAY 5 – FREE DAY TO ENJOY HOLBOX ON YOUR OWN OR OPTIONAL BOAT TOUR

Enjoy a free day to explore Holbox on your own, or take an optional boat tour (not included in tour's fee) for fishing and snorkeling in Cabo Catoche (includes ceviche lunch on board) 150 USD or equivalent per person – please reserve in advance-
6:30 pm That evening we'll meet in the lobby of our hotel and depart for our farewell dinner* at a local restaurant.

DAY 6 – THE NATURA BEAUTY OF HOLBOX
TRAVEL DAY

7:30 am Breakfast at our hotel. 
9:00 am We'll check out of our hotel and depart towards Cancun International airport. 
1:00 pm Arrive at Cancun Airport – Check in and go through security and have lunch* (for those of you who wish to fly with our guides to Leon). Otherwise, if you wish to stay in Cancun we can arrange transportation for you to your next destination from the Cancun airport.

All lunch reservations will be made for the convenience of our day travels. Dinner reservations will be made for each evening and are optional. We will ask all of you if you wish to join us for dinner every afternoon to ensure that our reservations are correct and confirmed.


* Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the tour's fee.
This itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.

 
 

WHAT TO TAKE

 
     
  Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID (copies are fine)
  Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
  Credit Cards, Debit card, Cash in Pesos for the first day (Cash machines are available in Merida, there may not be any ATMS on Holbox. )Be sure to bring sufficient funds for your entire stay on Holbox.
  Active Cell Phone with recharger
  Bring sufficient funds for meals and beverages not included in trip cost
  Money Belt
  Water Bottle
  Camera
  Travel Flashlight
  Hat
  Sunblock
  Insect repellent
  Sunglasses
  Day Pack
  Swim Suit and Flip Flops
  Lightweight covered clothing for sun and insect protection
  Light-weight Walking Shoes
  A fleece garment or light jacket can be useful in case of chilly mornings or evenings
  Simple comfortable clothing for day and evening wear
  First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, Anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder)
  Be sure to bring your own Kleenex and small change for bathroom fees
  Personal prescription drugs
  Pack your toiletries and travel documents in your day pack, a supply of Ziplock plastic storage bags can be handy for storing food items from the breakfast, to be used as mid-morning snacks
 


     
 

Further details about this tour

 
 
 
.   Travel Physical Demands
.   Reservations
.   Payment Options
.   Cancellations
.   Trip Insurance
     
 

Travelian Tour Leader

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Susana Ojeda
Photo of Colleen Callaway Susana holds a Master’s degree in History and Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Guanajuato and a career in Marketing from the Monterrey Institute of Technology. 
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Tour Cost

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$ 1,700 USD ( $ 2,250 CA)

  Price per person, double occupancy.
For a single-room, add:
 

$ 750 USD ( $ 1,000 CA)

     
 
INCLUDES:
  Accommodations (5 nights)
  Travelers participating in the Yucatan Splendor tour, who will be already staying in Mérida on the first night of the Holbox tour, won't be charged double for the night of the 25th; the cost of the first night accommodation will be deducted from your Holbox tour fee.
  Breakfast daily
  Entrance fees and tours (except on Day 5 - Cabo Catoche fishing and snorkeling boat tour)
  Comfortable private transportation with driver
  Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
  Travelian tour leaders
  Small group experience: 10 travelers maximum
     
  Eventbrite - HOLBOX
 

Physical Demand

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    LEVEL 2
    Includes Level 1 plus: Walking or hiking modest uphill/downhill in town or on improved (paved or gravel) trails for a period of up to four hours at a time. Or walking in urban settings with stair-climbs.

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