When it comes to exploring Mexico, we immediately think of water — swimming, diving, and snorkeling.

But did you know that bike tours are a great way to explore towns and cities, get a glimpse of daily life, and learn more about the local Mexican culture and people?

Here are five ways to bike your way through paradise during your next vacation escape.

The Most Iconic Places in Merida You Don’t Want to Miss

Merida is the latest among the towns and cities of the Yucatan and Riviera Maya to offer official bike tours. The Cooperativa de Guía de Turistas Certificados de Yucatán recently announced it was expanding a favorite, weekly bike ride into a tour of the city’s most iconic places.

The tours will be held on Sundays starting at 9 a.m., last for about 2.5 hours, and be conducted in English and Spanish. Cost is 150 pesos per person.

The adventure begins at the Maya Era travel agency on Calle 62, between 55 and 57 Centro. From there you will learn about the history of La Ermita de Santa Isabel, a landmark chapel which marked the beginning of the “Camino Real” that went to Campeche.

Parque San Juan, the famous arch, government buildings, the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, and Casa Montejo are all stops along the bike tour. Among the other stops are the Church of the Third Order, the parks and neighborhoods of Santa Lucia and Santa Ana to the Remate Paseo de Montejo, and Palacio Canton.

Explore the Ancient Mysteries and Modern Marvels of Tulum

Tulum Bike Tours specializes in guided tours of the natural, cultural, and archeological marvels of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Created and run by professional guides, environmentalists, and passionate bikers, the tours take you through the diverse ecosystems and rich cultural traditions of the Maya. Tulum Bike Tours uses high-quality mountain bikes and limits the number of participants to keep your expedition an intimate and personal experience.

The “Complete Introduction to Tulum” tour, for example, covers clifftop ruins, the beach, Pueblo, cenotes, and local culture and gastronomy. This insider’s view of Tulum will introduce you to Mayan traditions and beliefs, the art of native beekeeping, and show you the places to find the best street food, mojitos, ice cream, and music.

Meet and Ride with Locals in Playa del Carmen

Bicenta Evening Bike Rides in Playa del Carmen is a beautiful and unique way to meet locals who share a passion for bicycling while exploring off-the-beaten paths of the city.

It is not a tour you can book, but a new experience that introduces you to fellow bike enthusiasts in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere while helping local families to promote a sustainable, healthy lifestyle.

The group meets at 7:45 p.m. every Wednesday, weather permitting. Rides cover about eight to 24 kilometers (roughly 5 to 15 miles) and are approximately two hours long. Riders meet at Plaza 28 de Julio. It is located on 8th street, between 15th and 20th Avenues in Playa del Carmen, behind Walmart supercenter.

You Can Go Your Own Way in Puerto Morelos

You don’t need to be part of an official tour to explore a local place via bike.

We recommend biking through Puerto Morelos with its picturesque town center lined with restaurants and seaside neighborhoods.

One of our favorite routes in Puerto Morelos runs from the north end of town to Crococun Zoo. Just head north on Avenida Ninos Hereos, and at the end of the street, turn left. This street runs parallel to the ocean and passes the marine research center and a seaside neighborhood.  If you are feeling energetic, it is possible to bike to the Crococun Zoo on the highway using this road.

Take a Turn With Cyclists at La Vuelta Mayakoba

La Vuelta Mayakoba is an annual event that invites bicyclists from all over the world to explore one of the most beautiful areas in the Mexican Caribbean on two wheels while supporting a good cause.

This year’s event will be held October 19-21. Cyclists will start at the Mayakoba resort and cover more than 109 miles with stops at the Tulum and Cobá ruins before culminating in Tulum.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the Tumben Xch´upal Institute. The organization assists single moms, pregnant teenagers, and victims of violence in the region. It provides clients with behavioral health, medical, and educational help and offers housing and support for mothers while they find a job.

What You Need to Know

Whether you join a group or explore on your own, some planning is recommended. Contact Paulina, our concierge, to help you make the most of the biking opportunities in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan.

Need a place to stay after a long bike ride? Inquire today to learn more about our vacation rentals and specials. 

 

 

 

 

 

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