Say YES to adventure in 2022 and spend a week surrounded by like-minded vegan travelers in Mexico!
Support the Yucatan’s best animal sanctuaries, see the sunrise from your paddleboard, and taste the best vegan food Mexico has to offer.
Cancun International (CUN)
From making new (and sometimes furry) friends to swimming in secret cenotes, exploring ancient archaeological sites and enjoying a vegan street food breakfast with a small, friendly group of vegan travellers, this 7-day itinerary is perfect for:
Sunday, April 24
You’ll be flying into Cancun International airport where you’ll be met by a private transfer before heading fifty miles south to Playa Del Carmen.
The coastal town of Playa Del Carmen will be your base for the next 7 days, known for its palm-lined beaches, coral reefs, and rapidly expanding vegan scene you’re going to love it!
After checking in to the hotel, you might like to have a stroll along the beach before our early evening group get together and first vegan dinner, we’ll be going to a fantastic traditional Mexican vegan restaurant where you’ll get to try plenty of delicious vegan food!
Monday, April 25
The Black Sheep Retreat is a non-profit Animal Sanctuary located just outside Cancun, sitting on 7 acres of jungle. Founded by Mandy Vara after coming to Mexico to work as a dive instructor, her goal is to rescue as many animals as possible while providing a high-quality standard of animal care.
With only eight farm animal sanctuaries in the entire country of Mexico, we aim to give a much-needed home to an array of species rescued from slaughter or abusive and exploitative situations. We also aim to give a peaceful space for people to come and enjoy time in nature, surrounded by safe and happy animals, something different than what we experience in our everyday world.
After spending some time with the animals, you’ll get to experience a delicious vegan lunch in the jungle!
Tuesday, April 26
This morning, you’ll get to experience the Caribbean Sea the best way possible; floating on a paddleboard toward the rising sun! If you have never done standup paddleboarding before, not to worry because the group will receive a basic intro to standup paddleboarding from the local guide that takes about 10 minutes. It’s pretty easy to learn the basics. After that our guide will make sure you enter the water safely and have an amazing time.
A well-deserved post-paddle vegan breakfast will be waiting when you finish.
Wednesday, April 27
Imagine an ancient walled city perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean ocean!
This is in fact an accurate description of the archeological site of Tulum which is just 60km south of Playa Del Carmen and definitely one of Mexico’s highlights.Tulum was one of the last cities built by the Maya, it was at it’s most powerful between the 13th and 15th centuries but is thought to have been inhabited as early as 564.
Today is action packed with a private guided tour of the impressive Tulum archeological site followed by a beautiful vegan brunch and then off to cool down in some local cenotes.
A cenote is a natural sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater, these natural swimming holes were sacred to the mayans, the Yucutan peninsula is packed with cenotes and you’re going to experience one today!
Thursday, April 28
Are you ready for some action? Today you’ll be snorkeling in Cenotes, ziplining through the jungle and kayaking in the mangroves before enjoying a vegan friendly mayan lunch!
Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, you’ll visit a village that will offer you a glimpse into the Maya culture. This village is part of an ecotourism project where culture and adventure are perfectly combined thanks to the care of a mayan community.
You’ll enjoy 4 amazing but different cenotes, where you can do different activities. During the tour of the park’s trails, you will have the opportunity to appreciate a great variety of wildlife, such as: birds of different species, insects, turtles, cenote fish, iguanas and monkeys.
Get your day bag packed, we off on an adventure!
Friday, April 29
Today you’ll have time to do some fun optional activities, learn to surf, do an adrenaline-fuelled sky-dive, volunteer at a local dog shelter, take a vegan cooking class or just take it easy strolling around town and relaxing on the beach, the choice is yours!
Saturday, April 30
Time to leave and head home after an amazing week but this is not the end of your journey, there’s so much more to see in Mexico that you might be back again or maybe you’ll joining a group adventure in Guatemala or Belize!
Yes! To have a private room for the duration of the tour will cost US$250/£184, you’ll recieve further information about how to make this upgrade after the initial trip deposit has been made.
Mexico does not currently have any entry COVID requirements. If you require a negative COVID certificate to return home, your Vegan Adventure Holidays trip leader will be able to assist you.
Emma—explorer, Health Coach & rider of inappropriately large motorcycles.
15+ years leading adventure trips in Latin America. Over 500 happy customers. At least 5 pairs of hiking shoes ruined by hot lava flow. Fuelled by coffee, compassion and avocados.
Stress-free travel. Support local communities. Travel Responsibly. Join a community of like minded travellers. Get to do exciting things with vegan marshmallows on active volcanoes.
*Warning—side effects may an increased sense of adventure and desires to quit your job, learn Spanish and move somewhere warm to open a vegan coffee shop called cafe y amor (that’s coffee and love).
Yes, email Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss it in more detail.
1: Your deposit is fully refundable up to 15 days after you book.
2: Final payment is due at 65 days prior to your trip start date.
3: If you have to cancel your reservation, you will have the option to save the remainder of your credits to use toward another trip in the future, the cancellation fee will be determined according to the terms outlined in the terms and conditions policy.
Please understand that Vegan Adventure Holidays reserves the right to change these policies without prior notice due to an ever changing landscape within the tourism industry at present.
Email Emma at hello@veganadventureholidays and I’ll answer your questions and queries personally.
Loved every minute of it. Emma is the perfect tour leader with insider knowledge of all the best vegan spots.
I had an amazing holiday eco-culture adventure trip. Emma is one of the best tour leaders out there – I will be recommending your tours and I will also be taking another in the future – Thank you for a wonderful journey! \” \”I was so pleased with the trip. Our guide and drivers were outstanding : knowledgeable, friendly, safety-conscious, and had great sense of humor. Good vacation and good company for sure.
Amazing! We started in Playa Del Carmen and traveled throughout the area to animal sanctuaries, zip lined, snorkeled in cenotes, paddle boarded at the beach, ate at amazing vegan restaurants, and spent New Year\’s Eve at a vegan friendly a luxury resort. A perfect way to spend the holidays and meet new friends! This was my second trip with Vegan Adventure Holidays, and I\’m looking forward to a third.
This was my first solo travel and I couldn\’t have asked for a better experience. It was a perfect balance of structured activities and free time, our hotel was in a great location, the food was absolutely amazing, we had a great dynamic within the group, and Playa del Carmen is absolutely beautiful. We experienced two very different animal sanctuaries – both incredible with amazing people; and visited very different cenotes – a wild, untouched one, a beautiful swimming hole, and then a series of fun ones with rope swings and ziplining; and SUP in the ocean was very challenging (which I was so glad for) and provoked a lot of laughter. Our finale at House of Aia was indescribable – such beauty, friendliness, and a spiritual essence. This trip was exactly what I was looking for and needed!
Emma was an amazing host, and I would (and will!) absolutely recommend her trips to anyone and everyone!