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Self-drive Mexico: Discover the Yucatan Peninsula

13 days from £1,930pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Mexico

  • Tulum

Overview & Highlights

The Yucatán peninsula has a decent road network suiting independent drivers who want flexibility to explore the multitude of Mayan ruins and colonial towns. Car and hotels are pre-booked.

Mexico is ideal for independent exploration by self-drive car hire, particularly in the Yucatán peninsula and along the Caribbean coast. Your point-to-point itinerary planned out for you, with hotel reservations made in advance and maps provided, so you can explore the Mayan ruins and colonial towns at leisure..

Here, you’ll find vestiges of the once supreme Maya civilisation. Sites replete with temples and pyramids festooned with sacred carvings were, once abandoned, swallowed up by a rapacious jungle but are now gradually being revealed. The best known sites, Chichén Itzá, Uxmal and Tulum are easily accessible; smaller, less well-known sites are always close to minor roads and with your own car you can explore at will.

You’ll also visit graceful Spanish colonial towns with their friendly Maya inhabitants. Markets, restaurants and entertainments flourish here. 

At your beach hotel base on the soft-sand Caribbean coast at tranquil Tulum village there is time to laze on the beach and take part in water sports or visit nearby resort towns.

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  • Discover the colonial cities and ancient ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula
  • Drive and explore the region at leisure, stopping off whereever you wish en-route
  • Relax on the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean

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What our clients say

  • Thank you for a wonderful trip!  We will return to South America in the future and JLA will be our first choice.

    GW, Rickmansworth
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  • Many good memories - arriving at Macchu Picchu was something we had wanted to do for many years, so was probably the most memorable.

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    RD, Amersham
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Our Expert's Opinion

This self-drive holiday provides an economical way to enjoy the Caribbean coast at your own pace while staying in some of the most luxurious haciendas. If you're looking for style, character, luxury amenities, and excellent service, this is the holiday for you. With your own car, you'll have the freedom to visit lesser-known highlights of Mexico, such as underwater sculptures, cenotes for swimming, or driving the Puuc Route with a picnic and a good guidebook.

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Hannah Donaldson Travel Expert Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

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