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Value Mexico: Mayan Yucatan and coast

8 days from £1,560pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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Overview & Highlights

This short break delivers the two big attractions of the Yucatán Peninsula in a nutshell: the impossibly grand, Mayan city Chichén Itzá  and the white-sand Caribbean beaches of the Mayan Riviera.

This holiday of just over a week takes you to the relatively flat, tropical Yucatán Peninsula in the sunny south east coast of the country. Inland, among the jungles, scrub and farmland, sitting alongside charming Spanish colonial towns and villages, is Chichén Itzá, the greatest archaeological achievement of the Mayan Empire.

You’ll explore the ruins on a guided tour. You’ll also discover Mérida, the Yucatán’s colonial capital infused with Mayan culture, and visit historic haciendas (country estates) before heading to the beach for a couple of days relaxing or indulging in water sports or the lively nightlife at family-friendly Playa del Carmen, where there’s a huge range of excursions on offer from visits to other Mayan sites to scuba-diving.

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  • Visit Chichén Itzá ruins – New Seven Wonders of the World
  • Full day excursion to historic haciendas and cenotes
  • Guided tour of Mérida

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What our clients say

  • Overall a very enjoyable trip - some long days and early starts but was easily do-able for a group mainly consisting of people in their 50s and 60s. Saw many…

    LB, New Malden
  • It was a terrific, well-designed tour to some of the most impressive historic sites in the world. The local expert guides were of a particularly high standard and our overall…

    DP, Chichester
  • Having travelled with a number of different companies in the past, I was really impressed with the depth of knowledge and professionalism of JLA and the opportunity to trial to…

  • We enjoyed all our excursions. Rio was a great start. The views from the Sugar Loaf were quite spectacular. Likewise the trips at both sides of the Iguazu Falls provided…

    JR, Swansea
  • A fantastic trip that includes highlight after highlight - from natural beauty to historical ruins. Lots of travelling but always jaw dropping views through the window. Highlights of the trip…

    DN, Peterborough
  • This tour packed in an amazing amount in such a large country. You might have liked longer at some sites, but that could have been very exhausting!

    NH, Grimsby
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Our Expert's Opinion

With direct flights from London to Cancún and Mexico City, accessibility to this diverse country is not a problem. And with this extremely good value holiday, affordability shouldn't be either. This trip has been designed to cover the main highlights of the Yucatán in just over a week. You'll discover the tropical Yucatán Peninsula and visit one of the top Mayan sites, Chichén Itza. You'll also absorb the colonial charm of Mérida and finish up on the lively beach resort of Playa del Carmen for a spot of scuba diving. This whistle-stop tour of Mexico will give you a taste of its charm, and believe me, you'll be back for more.

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Lina Fuller Travel Expert 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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