Support two of the Yucatan’s best animal sanctuaries, mountain bike in the jungle, see the sunrise from your paddleboard, and taste the best vegan food Mexico has to offer whilst being totally free to travel at your own pace and at a price point that works for you!
Here are just a few reasons why you’re going to love this new self-guided option delivered via our snazzy new travel app:
Cancun International (CUN)
I designed this self-guided itinerary to give you the very best vegan adventure travel experience in an amazing region in Mexico. With my trip notes, contact details, suggestions and recommendations you’ll be able to choose a price point that suits you and have a wonderful, hassle-free holiday exploring at your own pace.
From making new (fury and four-legged) friends to swimming in a secret centoe, this self-guided itinerary will allow you to feel like you’ve really explored!
This self-guided itinerary is perfect for:
You’ll be flying into Cancun International airport where all the vegan adventures begin.
The coastal town of Playa Del Carmen which is ideally located close to Cancun’s international airport will be your base for the next 8 days, known for its palm-lined beaches, coral reefs, and rapidly expanding vegan scene you’re going to love it!
After checking in to your hotel I recommend exploring some of the centre and having a stroll on the beach before enjoying your first traditional Mexican vegan dinner in one of the local restaurants.
Get your walking shoes ready because you’re about to meet and walk lots of new furry friends!
This local not-for-profit is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating injured and abandoned dogs, and to finding permanent, loving homes for each of them. Volunteers in Playa are always needed and not just for dog walking; airport runs and doggy escorts to help dogs get to their forever homes abroad are also very valuable.
Today is action-packed starting with a beginner bird watching tour!
Just twenty minutes outside of Playa you might be lucky enough to see mot mots, woodpeckers, espatula rosada, loro frentiblanco, zapilote negro, vireo ceje canela. – your local guide will help you identify the wildlife in the area.
Next stop, cenote! Around 150 kms inland from the coast you’ll get the opportunity to visit a local, community-run cenote.
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.
Your last stop for the day will be a delicious vegan lunch prepared by a local family before heading back toward Playa.
Just 15 km from Playa Del Carmen, there’s a unique place where the jungle reaches the ocean with over 30 km of mountain biking trails with different technical levels. This is a non for profit organization specially designed, built, and maintained by local Mountain bike riders, entrance fees and money generated by bike rentals go back to the maintenance and conservation of the land, hikers and trail runners are also welcome.
On your way around keep an eye out for crocodiles, coatis, wild boar, spider monkey, and much more!
You can do as many trails as you want, a stop at the private beach club is recommended before heading back towards Playa Del carmen ready for another evening of delicious vegan food!
Experience the Caribbean Sea the best way possible; floating on a paddleboard toward the rising sun! Groups leave every morning so even if you’re a solo traveller you’ll be able to do this trip no problems.
If you have never done standup paddleboarding before, you receive a basic intro to standup paddleboarding that takes about 5 – 10 minutes. It’s pretty easy to learn the basics. After that your guide will make sure you enter the water safely and have an amazing time!
Tierra De Animales is a vegan animal sanctuary doing amazing work, the sanctuary is home to around 500 animals, beyond the rescue and rehabilitation of the animals, a very important part of the work Tierra De Animales do is to educate and raise awareness in Mexico about animal rights by giving talks in schools and workplaces. Topics such as importance of sterilization and adoption, the proper care of companion animals, as well as veganism are amongst some of what they cover with their outreach work.
Get your workboots on and roll up your sleeves because your about to get hands on!
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 joing a group adventure in Guatemala or Belize!