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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

  • This was  a trip to remember. I have a brilliant overview of this enormous country. And was pleased to visit it before tourism takes a hold. Our brilliant tour leader…

    RP, Matlock
  • So many memorable moments on this tour but watching the sunset and enjoying the independence day parades in Cartegena were particularly special and playing the traditional Colombian game of tejo…

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  • Everything exceeded expectations, from the printed itinerary to the excursions.

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  • For us it was the trip of our lifetime, a post retirement treat and it fulfilled all our expectations and more.

    BM, Gloucester
  • This is the third year that we have travelled with JLA and each time it was very well organised from start to finish. We have had three brilliant trips.

    JH, Radstock
  • A great mixture of the Andes and Galapagos - which covered all the main things I wanted to see. I was worried about sea sickness on the trip - but…

    CJ, Watford
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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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Ben Line Travel Expert 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 Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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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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