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Quaternary Environments University Tour to Mexico

Example study tour 

Created for the University of Nottingham


The University of Nottingham required a group travel package to Mexico where their geography students could design and undertake studies to assess changes in past and present environments.

StudyLink created a bespoke 12-day itinerary designed to meet the learning requirements for the course module; Quaternary Environments. The study tour package to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, enabled students to consider the past quaternary evolution, and the environmental and settlement history of the area. Key learning outcomes included climate dynamics; methods of environmental reconstruction, dating techniques and sampling methods; and the quaternary history of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Group travel services provided by StudyLink

  • Return flights from London Gatwick Airport
  • 1-night B&B accommodation at the La Quinta Inn & Suites, Cancun
  • 4-nights’ B&B accommodation at the Hotel Doralba Inn, Merida
  • 1-night B&B accommodation at the Hotel Marites, Tulum
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • Bespoke free-place ratio
  • 24/7 on-call service
  • Services of a dedicated Account Executive
  • Bespoke itinerary planning service
  • Online trip organiser & travel app
  • Risk management services including live trip tracking

Custom-made 12-day itinerary to Mexico

Day 1 - Arrive in Mexico

After boarding an early-morning flight to Cancun International Airport, the group was arrive in Mexico late afternoon.

Staying at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Cancun for one night, the group rested before moving on to their next destination the following day.

Day 2 - Merida

The group enjoyed breakfast at the hotel, before they check out of their first accommodation, ready for their next destination.

The group spent the day on group-planned activities which included visiting lake Punta Laguna and the archaelogical site of Ek Balam.

The group checked in to their next accommodation, Hotel Doralba Inn Merida, where they stayed on a bed and breakfast basis for the next four nights. 

Day 3 to 5 - Group-planned activity (Merida)

Continental breakfast served at the hotel.

The group chose to arrange their own activities including meals and transport however, StudyLink can pre-book visits, evening meals and transport to landmarks and places of interest.

During their group-planned activities the group conducted fieldwork, specifically around the region's cenotes, and visited the pyramids at the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal.

Day 6 to 9 - Group-planned activity (Chichancanab)

Continental breakfast served at the hotel.

The group checked out of the accommodation and then travelled to their own arranged accommodation where they would stay for the next four nights. 

Day 10 - Tulum

The group arranged their own travel to Tulum, where they would stay at the Hotel Marites Tulum for one night. 

The group had the day free to spend time exploring the local area and beaches, or do some shopping in local shops for souvenirs. 

Day 11 to 12 - Flight back to the UK

Continental breakfast served at the hotel.

Group checked-out of their rooms and stored luggage before travelling to Cancun International Airport.

Group then boarded an overnight return flight to London Gatwick Airport.