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Beach & Beyond: Yucatan Self-Drive with Cancun

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 1,171 $ 146 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Drive across the Yucatan Peninsula, one of Mexico's most culturally and ecologically diverse regions.
  • Explore two of Mexico's famous Mayan ruins on this trip: Chichen Itza and Uxmal!
  • Taste the unexpected and unique flavors of Yucatan cuisine, from cochinita pibil to paunches.
  • Stroll past colonial mansions and leafy squares in Merida, also known as the "White City."
  • Spend your last days in Mexico lounging on the beach in Cancun on the Caribbean Coast!

Short Description

Roadtrip in Mexico! Spend 7 nights driving through Yucatan as you explore its many highlights: Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Merida, and Cancun. Have the freedom to explore on your own and find hidden gems.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cancun
End City Mexico

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Cancun (CUN)
  • Automatic, mid-sized car rental for 7 nights (Dodge Attitude, or similar)
  • Pick up and drop off at Cancun Airport
  • 1 night in Chichen Itza at the Hacienda Chichen Resort, or similar
  • 1 night in Uxmal at the Hacienda Uxmal Plantation & Museum, or similar
  • 2 nights in Merida at the Hotel Gran Real Yucatan, or similar
  • 3 nights in Cancun at the Hotel Flamingo Cancun Resort, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Cancun!

Accommodation: Hacienda Chichen Resort

Welcome to Cancun! Pick up your rental car from the airport and drive approx. 2 hrs and 15 mins to your first destination in Chichen Itza. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Try your first taste of Yucatan cuisine! The most popular dish is cochinita pibil, slow-roasted pork flavored with citrus and annatto seeds, which gives the dish its signature burnt orange color.

Day 2: Chichen Itza – Uxmal

Accommodation: Hacienda Uxmal Plantation & Museum

Explore Chichen Itza today! Built by the Mayans between 600 and 900 AD, it was abandoned by the end of the 10th-century and re-established in the 11th and 12th centuries, possibly by the Toltecs.

Visit the Ball Court, site of sacrifices; El Castillo, a formidable building dedicated to the high priest; and the Cenote Sagrado, the sacred well once filled with priceless treasure offered to the gods. 

Just outside Chichen Itza is Ik Kil cenote, one of the most beautiful cenotes (natural sinkholes) in Mexico! Take a dip in the crystal clear water, one used as sacrificing sites for the Mayans!

After spending a few hours exploring Chichen Itza, drive approx. 2 hrs and 15 mins to your next destination in the Mayan town of Uxmal, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3: Uxmal – Merida

Accommodation: Hotel Gran Real Yucatan

Today, visit the most famous ruins of the Puuc region, Uxmal! The existence of this city is a testament to the engineering abilities of the Maya who built reservoirs to provide water to it during the dry season. See the House of the Pigeons, Nunnery Quadrangle, and the Pyramid of the Magician.

Then drive approx. 1 hr and 10 mins to Merida, the capital and largest city of Yucatan. Settle into your accommodation, then head out into town for an authentic Mexican meal and a drink at a cantina!

Day 4: Merida

Explore Merida at your leisure! Roam around the roomy halls and courtyard of the Palacio de Gobierno (Governor's Building), built in the late 1800s. From the balcony, you will have excellent views of San Ildefonso Cathedral.

You can't visit Merida without strolling down the Paseo de Montejo, the city's main boulevard like Paris' Champs Elysees!

Later, consider a visit to the Museum of Anthropology, which is home to a collection of exclusive artifacts from the Maya civilization to present day.

Day 5: Merida – Cancun

Accommodation: Hotel Flamingo Cancun Resort

Say goodbye to Merida as you make the approx. 3 hr and 10 min drive to your last destination, Cancun! On the way, make a stop in the charming colonial city of Valladolid, known for its charming streets and sun-splashed walls. Have lunch and take a stroll in town!

Continue your drive to Cancun and check into your accommodation. Watch your first sunset dip over the Caribbean Sea!

Day 6: Cancun

Enjoy your first full day in paradise! Cancun's crystal clear waters and white-sand beaches are some of the finest in Mexico, if not the world - spend the day snorkeling, swimming, or sunbathing near your resort.

In the evening, consider heading into downtown Cancun for a Mexican meal and a night of dancing!

Day 7: Cancun

After a hearty breakfast at your resort, consider visiting the Maya Museum, which holds one of Yucatan's most important collections of Maya artifacts. Besides a museum, there is an archaeological site called San Miguelito on the same grounds that is worth exploring.

For an authentic feel of Mexican culture, visit Mercado 23, an open-air market that's the oldest in the city. Treat yourself to yummy tacos or a fresh juice at this locals-only market!

Day 8: Depart Mexico

Your Yucatan adventure ends today. After breakfast this morning, depart for Cancun Airport to drop off your rental car and board your flight home.

Fly home!

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