Mexico

Detailed Trip Information

February 23 - March 8, 2019

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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

Schedule

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

Palenque – Puerto Mahahual

Puerto Mahahual

Puerto Mahahual – Piste

Piste – Puerto Morelos

Departure from Puerto Morelos

What Your Tour Includes

  • Your choice of motorcycle rental

  • Motorcycle insurance

  • Tolls

  • Fuel

  • 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.

Trip Extras

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.

Reservation Deadline

The deadline for registration is October 25, 2019.

Cancellation Policy

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.

 

Early Arrival

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.

Accommodations

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.

Group Size

The group will be between six and twelve riders and will be led by one guide and support vehicle.  

Rental Bikes

​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. 

Motorcycle Insurance

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). 

 

See our packing list here and learn how to pack for two weeks on a motorcycle here.

Luggage

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.

Currency

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.

Time Difference

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.

Tipping

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.

Weather

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.

Contact Information

Blue Rim Tours

3601 Edgemoor Court, Clemmons NC 27012

(336) 765-7780

tours@bluerimtours.com

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3601 Edgemoor Ct

Clemmons, NC 27012

336-306-5282

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