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Mexico Road Trip In The Yucatan

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Follow the Mayans back in time through the states of Chiapas, Campeche, and the Yucatan. Created for families or small groups, this 10-day, customizable self-drive tour will take you through jungles and rainforests to turquoise waterfalls, secluded swimming holes, archaeological sites, and colonial cities once inhabited by Spanish conquistadores. G...

Follow the Mayans back in time through the states of Chiapas, Campeche, and the Yucatan. Created for families or small groups, this 10-day, customizable self-drive tour will take you through jungles and rainforests to turquoise waterfalls, secluded swimming holesarchaeological sites, and colonial cities once inhabited by Spanish conquistadores. Get ready to dive into the mystical ancient world of the Mayan civilization!

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Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival In Cancún

Welcome to Mexico! Prepare for your Mayan adventure...

• Rental car pick-up from airport
• Set off to your hotel for check-in
• Free evening to relax on the beach or explore Cancún   

Visited:
Cancún
Accommodation
Night at Hacienda Radisson Cancun (Cancún)

Day 2: Valladolid And Chichén Itzá

Total driving distance for the day: approx 200km (2h30)

• Set off to explore the fascinating colonial city of Valladolid
• Continue to Chichén Itzá to visit the ancient Mayan ruins
• Optional evening activity: Chichen Itza Light & Sound Show

Accommodation
Villas Arqueológicas (Chichén-Itzá)

Day 3: Cenote Yokdzonot And Mérida

Total driving distance for the day: approx 150km (2h)

• Visit Chichén Itzá, Mexico's most famous archaeological site
• Take a dip in the crystal clear water of Cenote Yokdzonot
• Stop off at Izamal Monastery on the way to Mérida

Visited:
Cenote Izamal Mérida
Accommodation
Night at Hacienda Mérida (Mérida)

Day 4: Yaxcopoil, Uxmal And Campeche

Total driving distance for the day: approx 250km (3h30)

• Explore Mérida, 'The White City,' and try some local delicacies
• Continue on to the 17th century Hacienda Yaxcopoil
​• Stop off at the ancient ruins of Uxmal en-route to Campeche

Visited:
Hacienda Yaxcopoil Uxmal
Accommodation
Night at hotel Castelmar (Campeche)

Day 5: Campeche And Palenque

Total driving distance for the day: approx 310km (4h30)

• Explore the colourful fishing village of Campeche
• Drive on to Palenque in the afternoon
• Free evening to relax or enjoy the local cuisine in Palenque

Accommodation
Night at hotel Chablis (Palenque/Temp)

Day 6: Palenque And Agua Azul 

Take a photo from Palenque's stunning Temple of Inscriptions...

• Explore the ancient city of Palenque, hidden in the jungle
• Continue on to the waterfalls of Agua Azul, 60km south
• Take a dip in Misol Ha Waterfall on your way back to Palenque

Visited:
Palenque/Temp Agua Azul Misol Ha
Accommodation
Night at hotel Chablis (Palenque/Temp)

Day 7: Bonampak And Yaxchilán

Today, you'll be taken to Mayan ruins unknown to tourists...

Organised tour of Yaxchilán, reachable only via boat
• Continue on to Bonampak, a site hidden in the rainforest
• Return to Palenque at 7pm and free evening to relax

Visited:
Bonampak Yaxchilan
Accommodation
Night at hotel Chablis (Palenque/Temp)

Day 8: Calakmul Biosphere Reserve

Total driving distance for the day: approx 380km (5h30)

• Drive to your hotel in Calakmul and check-in
• Visit of Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, deep in the jungle
• Explore the Reserve, and snap pics of the rich wildlife

Accommodation
Puerta de Calakmul (Calakmul)

Day 9: Laguna Bacalar

Total driving distance for the day: approx 250km (4h)

• Visit of Calakmul excavation site, a hidden local gem
• Continue on to the idyllic Laguna Bacalar to wind down
• Relax on the beach or rent a kayak to explore the lagoon

Visited:
Bacalar
Accommodation
Night at Rancho Encantado (Bacalar)

Day 10: Departure From Cancún

Total driving distance for the day: approx 330km (4h)

• Optional activity: a 3hr boat ride through the lagoon
• Drive on to the ruins of Tulum, situated high up on a cliff 
• Continue to the airport to return your rental car

Visited:
Tulum Cancún

Cancún Valladolid Chichén-Itzá Cenote Izamal Mérida Hacienda Yaxcopoil Uxmal Campeche Palenque/Temp Agua Azul Misol Ha Bonampak Yaxchilan Calakmul Bacalar Tulum

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $920 / 10 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on 3-star hotel, compact four-door manual car

Included in price:

  • 9 nights accommodation in the aforementioned or equivalent hotels
  • Accommodation in double rooms with a private bathroom
  • Meals according to the itinerary above
  • All tours and transfers in air conditioned country specific vehicles
  • Airport transfer on day 1
  • Shared tours (Day 6) in small groups of up to 15 people and with certified guides (English/Spanish)
  • 10 days use of a rental car, category CDMR (compact) / SDMR (standard) / IFAR - Pick up: Cancun Airport / Drop off: Cancun Airport or Playa del Carmen
  • Unlimited kilometers, taxes, collision damage waiver and theft insurance with a 10% retention, A/C
  • Optional: Extended loss damage waiver (17.00 USD per day)
  • Assistance obtaining the rental car
  • Maps and directions
  • Entrance fees for all organized excursions
  • Local taxes

Not included in price:

  • Voluntary tips for guides and drivers
  • Entrance fees for self-organized excursions throughout the rental car tour
  • Fuel costs and highway tolls
  • Personal expenses and extras in the hotels
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights

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