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Car rental round trip - Mexico

Mexico Roundtrip & Beach vacation - The Highlights of Yucatán

Highlights

  • Experience the Mexican way of life

  • Get to know the Mayan culture at Chitzen Itza and Ek Balam

  • Relax on the dream beach of Tulum

  • Explore the peninsula by rental car

  • Swim in crystal clear cenotes and the lagoon of Bacalar

Description

Yucatán, in southern Mexico, offers everything a traveler's heart desires: palm-fringed dream beaches, turquoise waves, Mexican joie de vivre, colonial cities and Mayan ruins. Explore the Yucatán Peninsula and swim in the Caribbean Sea afterwards.

Destination

Central America

Cancun - Valladolid - Chichen Itza - Ek Balam - Izamal - Merida - Campeche - Calakmul National Park - Bacalar - Tulum

The best time to visit the Mexican peninsula is during the dry season between December and April. During this period, the days aren’t too hot and rain showers are limited. The high season, like in many countries, comprehends Christmas/New Year and Easter days. The rainy season lasts from May to October and often brings rainfall in the form of frequent rain showers throughout the day. The official hurricane season is between June and November.

Today you will land at the international airport of Cancún, where our partner agency will welcome you. Afterwards, your private transfer will take you to your hotel on the beach. Look forward to two weeks of sun, beach, culture and nature.

Trip from airport in Cancun to hotel in Cancun: about 30 minutes / about 25 km

1 night with breakfast in Cancun, Mexico

Today you will pick up your rental car and head to the excavation site of Ek Balam. In the middle of the jungle, the mighty ruin rises between the trees. You can even walk through some of the temples. Unlike Chichén Itzá, the seventh wonder of the world, the site is more pristine and overgrown with vegetation. However, Chichén Itzá can also be reached in less than an hour from here. Whether you choose to visit the famous Chichén Itzá site or get away from the crowds, both monuments exude the allure of Mayan culture.

Afterwards, take a jungle walk to X’Canche Cenote and treat yourself to a cool down. You will then proceed to the city of Valladolid.

To get to know the real Mexico, the small town of Valladolid is the perfect place to go. Here the inhabitants still greet each other on the streets, dogs sleep by the wayside and children play ball in the backyards.

Delicious street food stands can be found on every corner. Valladolid in particular is known for its tasty Mayan cuisine. Try Lomitos de Valladolid, a dish of meat with egg, tomatoes and beans, Longaniza sausage, which is only made here and resembles chorizo, or Poc Chuc. In this traditional dish, the meat is preserved with salt and combined with orange juice and vinegar.

The city itself consists of numerous pastel-colored houses built in colonial style. A light show is held every evening at the impressive San Gervasio Cathedral. Typically Latin American, the hub of the city is in front of the cathedral. Not far from the city center, the Zaci Cenote offers wonderful refreshment on the somewhat hotter days. Also near the city are the Dzitnup and Samula cenotes. Their crystal clear water makes you want to take a pleasant swim. The San Lorenzo Oxman Cenote also has a Tarzan swing from which you can swing down from the edge of the pool into the water. These and other cenotes are easily accessible by bicycle or after a short drive.

Trip from Cancún to Valladolid: approx. 2 hours / approx. 170 km

1 night with breakfast in Valladolid, Mexico

On the 3rd day of your trip, you will reach the world-famous Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Here Mayan culture is expressed in its magnificent splendor. El Castillo is the most impressive building with a height of 30 meters. Afterwards, stroll in the shade of the trees to the so-called sacrificial well. The El Caracol observatory resembles a snail shell and was already discovered in 1842 by the explorer Frederick Catherwood. The observatory allowed the Maya, among other things, to observe Venus and its orbit. After visiting the site at your leisure, you will have the opportunity for a refreshing swim in the nearby Cenote Ik Kil before driving to Izamal. Our tip: Climb the Firebird Pyramid in Izamal. From up there you will have a fantastic view of the city and the surrounding lowlands.

Trip from Valladolid to Izamal: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / approx. 110 km

1 night with breakfast in Izamal, Mexico

La Ciudad Amarilla - Izamal, the yellow town with a colonial past, exudes a lot of coziness, especially in the evening light. The last golden rays of the sun shimmer on the houses and the heat gives way to a light breeze. It's no wonder that the city has been designated a Pueblo Màgico (Magical Place).

Visit the sprawling Franciscan Convent, built in 1549 on the platform of one of the most important pre-Hispanic pyramids. Afterward, go on a horse-drawn carriage ride to see the city's other highlights. You will spend the night today at the Working Hacienda in Sotuta de Peon. Here you can witness how a henequen hacienda functioned during the golden age of the sisal boom. You will literally travel back in time and witness the different processes of henequen processing, from the fiber of the agave plant to the final product. With great attention to detail, this former 18th century sisal hacienda has been restored and brought back to life.

In a horse-drawn wagon called a "truk", you will drive through extensive agave plantations and visit a typical Mayan house along the way. You will arrive at a freshwater cenote where you can take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters.

However, as is often the case in Latin American cities, it is almost nicer to just drift along the streets, drink a cup of coffee in the plaza and watch the daily life of the inhabitants.

Trip: about 1 hour 30 minutes / about 90 km

1 night with breakfast in Sotuta de Peon (Merida), Mexico

Today you will drive to Merida and have time to explore the city. The city's buildings include the huge cathedral, the bishop's residence, the Palacio Municipal, and the Casa de Montejo, the home of the city's founder, with its figure-decorated portal. The influence of Spain and France can be felt everywhere in the city. For example, the Champs Elysees served as a model for the Paseo de Montejo boulevard.

Trip from Izamal to Merida: approx. 45 minutes / approx. 35 km

1 night with breakfast in Merida, Mexico

We suggest that today you take advantage of your time and explore the area around Merida. Visit the typical Yucatan town of Uman and visit the traditional vegetable market. Afterwards, continue to the fishing village of Celestún, which is also a mangrove biosphere reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. The only colony of Cuban flamingos in Mesoamerica lives here at the mouth of the Estero River.

1 night with breakfast in Merida, Mexico

Today you will travel to Uxmal and immerse yourself in the history of the Late Classic Mayan era. Experience the Puuc style in one of the most historically interesting ruins complexes in the world. The name Uxmal stands for "the thrice-built." Built around 600-950 AD, the meaning of many of the buildings has not been fully deciphered to this day. Again, the site has evolved through various construction phases and impresses its visitors with beautifully decorated facades, huge terraces and plazas, columns and archways.

Continue on a lonely country road to the small Mayan site of Labna. Outstanding is the very well preserved Mayan gate arch. Deeply hidden in the Ruta Puuc you will discover the mysterious cave of Calcehtok, where the ancient Mayas held rituals and ceremonies.

Today you will spend the first night in the port city of Campeche.

Trip from Merida to Campeche: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes / approx. 185 km

1 night with breakfast in Campeche, Mexico

Drive today to the excavation site of Edzna, where many temples, administrative buildings and dwellings were built on an area of about 25 km². In the floors there are numerous rooms, in the upper part the actual temple with a cruciform ground plan, whose roof construction, once decorated with stucco figures, is still partially preserved. After the visit, you will travel back to Campeche. The city was founded by the Spanish in 1540. It quickly developed into a thriving port city. The Baluarte, built by the Spaniards to protect against raids, is one of the most important sights and will be visited during a tour. Within this fortified belt are the city's beautiful and lovingly restored colonial buildings. Also visit La Concepcíon Cathedral and cross the heart of the city, the small Zocalo Parque Principal.

1 night with breakfast in Campeche, Mexico

Today you will leave early and drive to the Calakmul National Park, where the once mighty Mayan city awaits discovery. Calakmul covered an area of about 30 square kilometers and had over 100 colossal buildings. However, most of the city has not yet been excavated or explored in detail. Only speculations can be made about the number of inhabitants. For the city center, for example, a population of about 50,000 people is assumed. Due to the size of Calakmul, however, the total population of the metropolitan area may have been comparable to the dimensions of Tikal. Particularly impressive are the enormous dimensions of the main pyramid, from whose uppermost platform you have an unforgettable view over an endless jungle deep into Guatemala.

Trip from Campeche to Calakmul: approx. 3 hours 30 minutes / approx. 220 km

1 night with breakfast in Calakmul, Mexico

Today, drive to Kohunlich and visit the Mayan site idyllically surrounded by palm groves. The main temple with four giant masks of the sun god, Kinich Ahau, is particularly stunning.

On your onward journey to Bacalar, you can stop along the way at the deep blue Cenote Azul and treat yourself to a refreshing swim.

Like Izamal, Bacalar has recently received the Pueblo Magico award. The tranquil little town is a gem on your trip through Yucatán. The town's lagoon, also called the Lagoon of Seven Colors, is filled with crystal clear water.

Check into your hotel and relax by the lagoon before spending a full day at the lagoon tomorrow.

Trip from Calakmul National Park to Bacalar: about 2 hours 30 minutes / about 180 km.

1 night in Bacalar, Mexico

Laguna Bacalar sparkles in seven different colors depending on the sunlight.

The place is beautiful to look at and radiates a soothing tranquility. Here you can let your soul dangle. If relaxing gets too boring, you can also sail across the water on a catamaran or sign up for some windsurfing lessons. Also, Bacalar is the perfect place to go stand up paddling because there are hardly any waves in the lagoon.

1 night in Bacalar, Mexico

Today's drive will take you to Tulum. On the way there you can make a stop at the Mayan site. Unlike all other Mayan sites, Tulum is located directly by the sea. The so-called Castle, the Temple of the Descending God, the Temple of the Wind and the Fresco Temple, are the most famous structures. Make a side trip to Coba. The city, 30 km away, was built between two lagoons. The various temple complexes are connected by fortified roads called sacbes. The longest sacbe is over 100 km long and leads to Yaxuna. An outstanding sight in Coba is the highest pyramid in Yucatan, the Nohoch Mul, with a height of 42 meters.

Our tips: Rent a bike and ride to Cenote Dos Ojos, or "two eyes," about 30 minutes from Tulum. The cave system is 61 km long and 118 meters deep. The name comes from the fact that this cenote is divided into two sections: one with blue, clear water suitable for snorkeling, and one of interest to divers. The cenote got its cult status because of its unique location and easy entry, but also because the light plays hide and seek underwater, between the stalactites and stalagmites in each tunnel.

Trip from Bacalar to Tulum: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes / approx. 215 km

4 nights with breakfast in Tulum, Mexico

Your exciting journey through a unique country comes to an end today. It is time to pack your bags for the last time and get into your rental car. With many unforgettable memories in your luggage, you will drive to the airport to start your journey home.

If you want any personalized changes to be made, we will be happy to help you and arrange your vacation according to your wishes.

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Hotel Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites***+, Cancun, Mexico

From the hotel you have direct access to the sea. In addition, the property has water sports facilities and is located near a golf course. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style in the restaurant, as is lunch. Dinner, on the other hand, is served à la carte. Wi-Fi and the fitness center are free to use.

Ecotel Quinta Regia****, Valladolid, Mexico.

Just 5 blocks from the main square, this Ecotel Quinta Regia is near Canton Francisco Park.

Featuring a private balcony or terrace, the Mexican colonial-style rooms come with cable TV and a safe. Individual suites also offer whirlpool tubs and kitchenettes.

Hotel amenities also include tennis courts, a game room, and a hot tub and free Wi-Fi.

Hotel Hacienda Santo Domingo***+, Izamal, Mexico.

The Hacienda has a pool and is set in tropical gardens. You'll be treated to Mexican and international delicacies at the on-site restaurant. Rooms are decorated in Mexican style and feature a terrace with garden views.

Hacienda Sotuta de Peon****, Merida, Mexico

This charming hacienda is surrounded by lush gardens. Two outdoor pools offer perfect refreshment. Each of the rooms has a balcony with garden views. A restaurant, poolside bar and snack bar cater to your culinary well-being.

Hotel Mision de Fray Diego****, Merida, Mexico.

This hotel is located in the city center not far from attractions. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi and a TV with cable channels. A garden offers space to relax and unwind. Your rental car can be parked free of charge.

Hotel Castelmar***+, Campeche, Mexico

Located in the center of town in a colonial building built in 1800, this hotel has been lovingly restored. A sun terrace and pool invite you to relax.

Rooms are all air-conditioned and have private TVs and bathrooms.

Hotel Puerta Calakmul***, Calakmul, Mexico

The hotel's cabañas are located in the pristine jungle of Calakmul. The interior design is comfortable. All rooms have a hammock and a furnished terrace. The restaurant treats you to Mexican and international dishes.

Hotel Rancho Encantado***+, Bacalar, Mexico

The hotel is located right on the lagoon on a private beach. Sports activities such as fishing, sailing, etc. are offered here. A whirlpool, terrace and garden create an oasis of well-being. In the spa you can pamper your body and mind.

The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated.

Hip Hotel Tulum***, Tulum, Mexico

The hotel is located directly on the dream beach of Tulum and is surrounded by coconut trees. The Mayan site is only 8 km away. A restaurant with Mexican cuisine offers delicacies and great service. Dine here with an ocean view. Fresh herbs are grown in the hotel's garden, which are used in the dishes. The rooms are comfortably furnished and all have a terrace or balcony.

Duration of the trip: 16 days / 15 nights

Included

  • 15 nights in the mentioned accommodations or similar:
    • 1 night at Hotel Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites***+ with breakfast in a standard room in Cancun.

    • 1 night at Ecotel Quinta Regia**** with breakfast in a standard room in Valladolid

    • 1 night's stay at Hotel Hacienda Santo Domingo***+ with breakfast in a Comfort room in Izamal

    • 1 night in Hacienda Sotuta de Peon**** with half board in a Superior room in Sotuta de Peon (Mérida)

    • 2 nights Hotel Mision de Fray Diego**** with breakfast in a standard room in Merida, Mexico

    • 2 nights Hotel Castelmar***+ with breakfast in a standard room in Campeche, Mexico

    • 1 night Hotel Puerta Calakmul*** with breakfast in a standard room in Calakmul, Mexico

    • 2 nights Hotel Rancho Encantado***+ with breakfast in a Casita Jardín in Bacalar, Mexico

    • 4 nights Hip Hotel Tulum*** with breakfast in a Superior Garden View room in Tulum, Mexico

  • 15 days of rental car cat. C (VW Golf or similar) incl. free KM, partial coverage insurance and taxes
  • Directions & road map
  • Free airport transfer Cancún on day 1 and 16
  • The starting price is valid in the travel period 12.04.21 - 15.12.21

Not included

  • International flights
  • All meals not mentioned
  • All extras in the hotels
  • Tips for porters and maids
  • All entrance fees, tours, boat trips and any activities during the self-drive trip
  • Highway tolls and parking fees

Notes

  • Christmas and New Year's Eve surcharges apply
  • Due to the current situation in connection with the Covid-19 virus, there may be route changes and price deviations

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