Detailed Trip Information
February 23 - March 8, 2019
Escape winter and head to Mexico! Ride from the centrally located capital, Mexico City, to the stunning Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean coast. On the way, we’ll ride some of the curviest and scenic roads in Mexico and stop to savor fascinating sites such as the Teotihuacan Pyramids, El Sumidero Canyon, and Chichen-Itza.
Be sure to bring your swimsuit! We’ll have time to take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, Cenote pools, Hierve el Agua, Aqua Azul, and the Caribbean Sea. This is the perfect winter get away for any motorcyclist!
There will be some technically challenging roads on this tour, but for the most part, expect an easy route. For that reason, the Mexico tour is rated a 3 out of 5 on skill level. If you have multiple years of regular riding experience, you should feel comfortable taking this tour.
Due to the nature of the roads (such as speed bumps), this tour is not recommended for couples riding 2-up.
This tour is operated in partnership with PeruMotors.
Highlights: Teotihuacan • El Tajin • Hierve el Agua • Sumidero Canyon • Mayan City of Palenque • Chichen Itza •
Cenote Pool • Gulf of Mexico
Registration Deadline: October 25, 2019
Duration: 14-day vacation, 12 riding days,
2 travel days
Skill Level: (moderate)
Group Size: 6 – 12 motorcycles
Arrival: Mexico City, Mexico (MEX)
Departure: Puerto Morelos, Mexico (CUN)
Total Distance: 2,010 miles (3,235 km)
Average Daily Mileage: 200 miles (322 km)
Average Temperature: 55-82ºF / 13-28ºC
The first day in this itinerary is your departure from the U.S. or Canada. You will arrive in Mexico City, Mexico on the same day. When you return, you will depart from Puerto Morelos, Cancun, Mexico and arrive back home on the same day. Please note that dates may be subject to change.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Monday, February 25, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Friday, March 1, 2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Monday, March 4, 2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Friday, March 8, 2019
Flight to/arrival in Mexico City
Mexico City – Cuetzalan
Cuetzalan – Casitas
Casitas – Orizaba
Orizaba – Oaxaca City
Oaxaca City – Tehuantepec
Tehuantepec – San Christobal de las Casas
San Christobal de las Casas – Palenque
Palenque – Puerto Mahahual
Puerto Mahahual – Piste
Piste – Puerto Morelos
Departure from Puerto Morelos
What Your Tour Includes
Your choice of motorcycle rental
Multilingual tour guide(s) with support vehicle
Accommodations at comfortable, middle-class hotels (13 hotel nights)
All meals included, except two lunches (beverages exlcuded)
Airport shuttle service
Price (per person)
*rates per person
Not Included in the Tour Price
Not included in the tour price are international or other airfare, beverages, alcohol drinks, motorcycle gear, personal items, passport, speeding tickets and other fines, laundry and dry cleaning, telephone calls, personal hotel room charges, medical and accident insurance, and transportation to and from the airport for early arrivals and late departures.
To ensure that you have the easiest travel experience possible, Blue Rim Tours offers select services for an additional fee. If you are interested in early/late lodging arrangements, please let us know.
Deposit and Payment
A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your place on the tour. All deposits are nonrefundable and non-transferable. We accept personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and money orders. On October 25, 2019, 50% of the tour price is due. The remaining balance of the tour is due before or on November 15, 2019.
The deadline for registration is October 25, 2019.
If for any reason you need to cancel your trip and do so (in writing) between October 25 and November 14, 2019, you forfeit 50% of the total tour price. November 15, 2019, and after the total tour price is non-refundable.
Minimum Tour Requirement
We reserve the right to cancel any tour if the number of participants booked does not meet the minimum requirement to operate the trip. Should that occur your payment will be refunded in full if we are unable to transfer you to another trip to your satisfaction.
Please make your flight reservations after the registration deadline for the tour. We will send you a reminder email to book your flight.
Trip & Medical Insurance
It is highly recommended that you get trip cancellation insurance. Also, check with your health insurance provider about your coverage while traveling overseas. For additional information on trip cancellation insurance, visit www.insuremytrip.com.
It’s a good idea to arrive early in order to acclimate yourself to the area and avoid travel delays. Please let us know your arrival plans in advance, so that we can make arrangements accordingly.
Arriving in Mexico City
Once you arrive at the Mexico City airport on Saturday, February 23, 2019, we’ll meet inside the airport. But we will give you a more detailed location closer to your departure. Please make sure that your flight arrives in Mexico City before noon, if you arrive on February 23 rather than coming earlier.
The hotels have a wonderful local flavor. They are two- to five-star category establishments, and all provide breakfast and dinner. Some hotels have a pool or sauna, so bring your bathing suit, and all provide hair dryers. Casual clothes for evenings are fine; there’s no need for formal wear.
The group will be between six and twelve riders and will be led by one guide and support vehicle.
Available motorcycles may be subject to change.
Suzuki V-Strom 650
MW F 700 GS
BMW F 800 GS
BMW R 1200 GS
Motorcycles are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, depending upon availability and are not guaranteed.
All motorcycles come with a 40 L topcase. Sidecases are not available.
The R 1200 GS is a good choice for two-up riding. If you do not have any experience with a model that you are considering, we suggest that you visit your local dealer to see which bike feels the most comfortable for you.
The deductible for the motorcycle insurance is an additional $300 that can be paid in cash only, when you arrive in Mexico City. If there are no damages, the amount will be refunded.
In case of minor damage to your motorcycle, an appraisal of the repair cost is made, based on the dealer’s cost, and paid from your deductible. In case the cost of any damage to the motorcycle is higher than the deductible, or if the bike is stolen, the deductible is forfeited entirely. The insurance company will cover the remainder of the cost.
Riding Equipment Recommendations
Proper riding gear (leather, GORE-TEX, Cordura) is essential to cope with the temperature changes due to altitude and weather conditions and to help protect you in case of an accident. Jeans (without Kevlar and armor) and chaps are not considered suitable riding gear. Bring your full-face helmet and riding boots, and don’t forget your raingear!
Full-face helmet are not only the safest option, it’s also the most comfortable one protecting you from the weather, debris, and bugs. Three-quarter and full-face helmets with DOT, ECE, etc. certifications are considered suitable.
Pack your heated gear, too, and bring the right cables and connectors. It’s also a good idea to pack two pairs of gloves (a warmer and a lighter pair).
The support vehicle will transport one bag per person. Please bring a waterproof duffel bag as your luggage, which will be transported by the chase vehicle. We suggest packing everything into this bag so that your belongings don’t get wet in the back of the pick up truck. You may also want to bring small tail bag or backpack for personal items to mount to the motorcycle. If you bring a tankbag, make sure that it uses straps and not magnets, which won’t work on the plastic tanks.
Internet Access and Phone Service
Some hotels on the tour offer Internet access free of charge, but some might charge a small fee. Also keep in mind that purchased Internet access for hot spots in Mexico only work in large cities and in areas that we will not be covering on our tour. Ask your cell phone provider about their international calling plan and data package options available for trips and traveling abroad. Many cell phone companies, as well as SPOT, now sell global phones, which are useful if you plan to regularly travel outside of the U.S. or Canada. Another option would be to purchase a pre-paid cell phone or SIM card for international calling or to use Skype, or Facetime which is the most cost-efficient option.
The currency on this tour is the Mexican Peso. It’s important to call your credit card company and let them know that you will be traveling in Mexico and when. Mexico has switched from magnetic strips to chipped credit cards for increased security. Ask your bank or credit card company to find out if your card is chipped or if you have that option with your card. The cheapest and easiest way to get money is with a bankcard carrying a CIRRUS or MAESTRO symbol and for which you have a PIN (personal identification number). Please ask your bank if you have any questions.
Credit cards are also useful for getting cash, again, provided you have a PIN. Paying for services, such as food and souvenirs, with a credit card is still rather uncommon in small and remote places so make sure you have enough cash as a primary way to pay. We recommend using the ATM to withdraw money; this generally gives a much better exchange rate than exchanging money at the airport. Traveler’s checks are outdated and hard to exchange.
You can estimate spending about $20 to $30 per person, per day for snacks, soft drinks, and two lunches during optional riding days.
Cash is still the preferred and most accepted payment method in rural areas.
There is a time difference of -1 hour from Eastern Standard Time.
Roads and Traffic
Note, though riding an average of only 200 miles or 322 km per day may seem easy don’t be deceived. You should be comfortable riding in traffic as well as on narrow and curvy mountain roads.
Due to the nature of the roads (such as speed bumps), this tour is not recommended for couples riding 2-up. Road conditions in Mexico vary, some roads are in great condition and others need repair.
In Mexico, tips are welcome but are not the standard 18-20% like they are in the U.S. In most places 5-10% is perfectly acceptable. Tipping the tour guides, however, is common. Based on your personal preference, $20-50 is usually what each person chips in, and $10-25 for the driver of the support van.
Temperatures will range between 55 and 82 degrees F. It’s a good idea to dress in layers so that you can easily adjust to changing weather conditions.
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