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This 14-day, self-drive adventure into the Mayan history of Mexico will let your experience the highlights at your own pace. Travel from vibrant Mexico City to the Mayan stronghold of the Yucatan. Stop off in Oaxaca and Chiapas before relaxing on the sands of Mexico’s Caribbean coast. The possibilities are endless!

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Mexico City

Bienvenidos a Mexico!

·         Arrive in Mexico City International Airport.

·         Transfer to your hotel for the night. 

Mexico City
Night at hotel Hampton Inn Suites (Mexico City)

Day 2: Mexico City 

Learn about Mexico’s pre-Hispanic civilisations…·         Tour Zocalo Cathedral and Rivera’s murals.·         Visit the Anthropological Museum and Chapultepec Park.·         Explore the night-life of Mexico City. 

Mexico City
Night at hotel Hampton Inn Suites (Mexico City)

Day 3: Pyramids of Teotihuacán and Basilica de Guadalupe 

Marvel at the largest city of ruins in the world…·         Tour the impressive archaeological site of Teotihuacán.·         Climb the Sun and Moon Pyramids to see the ‘City of the Gods’.·         Visit Basilica de Guadalupe, a famous pilgrimage site. 

Night at hotel Hampton Inn Suites (Mexico City)

Day 4: Mexico City to Puebla 

You’re off on your own today…

·         Pick up your rental car and head to Puebla.

·         See the largest pyramid in the world, Cholula Pyramid.

·         Stroll along cobblestone streets of charming Puebla. 

Mesones Sacristia (Puebla)

Day 5: Puebla to Oaxaca 

Make sure to try the delicious regional cuisine…

·         Visit the various styles of churches in Puebla.

·         Drive to historical Oaxaca, a World Heritage Site.

·         Tour the cathedral, temple, museum and market. 

Night at Camba (Oaxaca)

Day 6: Monte Albán

Get happy with some organic Mezcal…

·         Dip in the mineral waters of Hierve el Agua waterfalls.

·         Taste traditional Mezcal in Gracias a Dios.

·         Understand the organic manufacturing process. 

Monte Albán
Night at Camba (Oaxaca)

Day 7: Hierve el Agua and Mezcal Factory to Tehuantepec

You’ll have to hit the road early today…

·         Head to Cañon del Sumidero which reaches to 1000m.

·         Take a boat ride through the canyon and see exotic flora.

·         Dine in San Cristóbal de Las Casas overlooking the plazas. 

Tule, Hierve el Agua, Tehuantepec
Night at BW Calli (Tehuantepec)

Day 8: Cañon del Sumidero and San Cristóbal de las Casas

Get an insight into tribal rituals…

·         Follow your guide on a walking tour of San Cristobal.

·         Visit the Market of Colours and churches and cathedrals.

·         Meet the locals of Totzil and Tseltal indigenous groups. 

Casa Vieja (San Cristóbal de las Casas)

Day 9: San Cristobal de las Casas and Indigenous Villages 

Get an insight into tribal rituals…

·         Follow your guide on a walking tour of San Cristobal.

·         Visit the Market of Colours and churches and cathedrals.

·         Meet the locals of Totzil and Tseltal indigenous groups. 

Casa Vieja (San Cristóbal de las Casas)

Day 10: Agua Azul & Misol Há to Palenque

Bathe in waterfalls in the middle of the jungle…

·         Drive through the early morning fog of the jungle.

·         Dip in the waters of Agua Azul waterfalls.

·         Walk behind a curtain of falling water at Misol Ha. 

Agua AzulMisol Ha
Night at hotel Chablis (Palenque/Temp)

Day 11: Palenque to Campeche

These ruins even have a ball court…

·         Head to the Mayan archaeological ruins of Palenque.

·         Climb up the Temple of Inscriptions for the view.

·         Continue to peaceful Campeche village to relax. 

Night at hotel Castelmar (Campeche)

Day 12: Uxmal to Mérida 

The Yucatan’s second most important site…

·         Explore Mayan huts of Uxmal archaeological site.

·         Find Hacienda Yaxcopoil to see a restored plantation.

·         Finish in beautiful Mérida, known as the ‘White City’.

UxmalHacienda Yaxcopoil, Mérida
Night at hotel Del Peregrino (Mérida)

Day 13: Celestún

Glide through mangrove swamps…

·         Hop on a boat tour in Celestun Biosphere Reserve.

·         Spot thousands of flamingos, sea turtles and crocodiles.

·         Chill on Celestun Beach and eat in a local restaurant. 

Night at hotel Del Peregrino (Mérida)

Day 14: Chichén Itzá to Cancún or Playa del Carmen

End your trip on a high…

·         Take a guided tour of Chichen Itza, a Wonder of the World.

·         Admire monumental Kukulkan Pyramid.

·         Drive back to Cancun to return your car and fly home. 

Mexico CityTeotihuacánCholulaPueblaOaxacaMonte AlbánTuleHierve el AguaTehuantepecCanyon SumideroSan Cristóbal de las CasasZinacantánSan Juan de ChamulaAgua AzulMisol HaPalenque/TempCampecheUxmalHacienda YaxcopoilMéridaCelestúnChichén-ItzáCancún

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,020 / 14 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on 3-star hotel, compact four-door manual car

Included in price:

  • 3 nights accommodation in the aforementioned or equivalent hotels
  • Accommodation in double rooms with a private bathroom
  • Meals according to the itinerary above
  • All tours and transfers in air conditioned country specific vehicles
  • Airport transfer on day 1
  • Shared tours (Day 2, 3, 9) in small groups of up to 15 people and with Certified Guides (English/Spanish)
  • 11 days use of a rental car, category CDMR (compact) / SDMR (standard) / IFAR -  Pick up: Airport Mexico City / Drop off: Airport Cancun
  • Unlimited kilometers, taxes, collision damage waiver and theft insurance with a 10% retention, A/C
  • Optional: Extended loss damage waiver (17.00 USD per day)
  • Return fee Cancun – Mexico City
  • Assistance obtaining the rental car and with leaving Mexico City
  • Maps and directions
  • Entrance fees for all organized excursions
  • Local taxes

Not included in price:

  • Voluntary tips for guides and drivers
  • Entrance fees for self organized excursions throughout the rental car tour
  • Fuel costs and highway tolls
  • Personal expenses and extras in the hotels
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
Book your flights to Mexico
International flights are not included in this trip. Thanks to our partnership with Option Way, you can take advantage of booking your flights directly with your local agent.
Check out the many benefits:
  • Competitive rates
  • All-inclusive prices with no hidden fees
  • Ivana, in Mexico will inform you of any changes to your flights
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