A great post Thanksgiving cycling tour circling the beauiful and fascinating Yucatan Peninsula following in the footsteps of John Lloyd Stephens. In the Fall of 1841, Stephens left his home in Brooklyn, New York and sailed to the Yucatán port of Merida in Mexico. The Yucatán, which sits like a thumb apart from the main body of Mexico, was rumored to be home to an astonishing civilization that had disappeared into the jungle. Circling the Yucatán, just as we plan to do, only in our case on comfortable hybrid bikes (included) and on paved roads, Stephens discovered the lost civilization of the Maya. On par with the pyramids of Egypt, Yucatán sites like Chichen Itza are stunning to see and experience and visiting by bike allows us to arrive early before the tourists.
Part of the disbelief at the time that the Yucatán could be home to a massive lost civilization was the fact that the Yucatán has no rivers — but the truth is the Yucatán has no above ground rivers — and Stephens and his team discovered that wherever they found large ruins they also found ‘cenotes’, underground pools and rivers. Fortunately, we know where many of these cenotes are -- so pack your swimsuit on the bike! We will cycle to some of the cenotes and cool off with a mid-day swim.
Cycling, world class Mayan remains, cenotes swimming, beautiful beaches along the coast — com… (Join People Cycling to read more)