Self-drive Mexico: Discover the Yucatan Peninsula
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.
Arrive in Cancún, collect hire car.
Drive to Mayan archaeological site at Chichén Itzá. Overnight.
Drive to Mérida, lively colonial and Mayan city; 3 nights.
At leisure in the city or optional drive to Uxmal.
At leisure or drive to Celestún on the Gulf coast.
Drive to Campeche; 2 nights.
At leisure in this Spanish colonial city.
Drive to Xpujil; 2 nights.
Visit local Mayan sites and Calakmul.
Drive to Tulum on the Caribbean coast; 3 nights.
At leisure on the beach in the shadow of Tulum ruins; optional trips in the vicinity.
Drive to Cancún and drop off car at airport; take international flight home.
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