Journey Yucatán with rental car

15 days from € 4,550 per person

family trip - self-drive - ancient civilizations

  • Climb the Temple of Kukulcan in Chichén Itzá
  • Stroll along Paseo Montejo and admire the murals of the National Palace in Merida
  • Stroll down the cobblestoned Spanish Baroque streets in Campeche on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Feel small next to the massive temples in the Mayan complex of Uxmal
  • Enjoy the pristine white beaches of Tulum

Travel itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam - Cancun

Your Unique Journey starts today, you fly from Amsterdam to Cancun. Upon arrival at Cancun airport you can pick up your rental car immediately. Once in possession of your rental car, you drive to your hotel by yourself, approx. 30 min. drive from airport to your hotel.
Overnight stay: The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun | bed & breakfast

Day 2: Cancun - Chichén Itzá

(approx. 220 km | 3 hour drive)
Today you will drive to your next accommodation, near the special archaeological site of Chichén Itzá. The hotel has a beautiful peaceful garden, an outdoor swimming pool and relaxing spa. Furthermore, the hotel offers various activities such as the Mayan nature tour or bird watching. Just a few minutes' drive away you will find the small village of Piste where you will find some Mexican restaurants and nice souvenir shops.
Overnight stay: Hacienda Chichén | bed & breakfast

Day 3: Chichén Itzá

In the morning your private guide will pick you up at your hotel to visit the amazing archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, the most famous temple city of the Maya, which was considered a very important political and economic center of the Maya civilization in this region. The various structures - the Pyramid of Kukulkan, the Temple of Chac Mool, the Hall of the Thousand Pillars and the playing field of the prisoners - can still be seen today and reflect the extraordinary sense of architecture and composition. The pyramid itself was the last and perhaps the largest of all Mayan temples. Since 2007, Chichén Itzá has been one of the 7 new world wonders. Your guide will give you an extensive tour through this impressive Maya site. After a visit to this old Maya site your guide will take you to Valladolid. This is the oldest city of Yucatán and has a beautiful central square surrounded by cozy pastel-colored colonial houses. Stroll through the small streets with small Mexican eateries and nice souvenir shops. You will also find some of the famous cenotes near the center where you can take a refreshing swim. After this you will be brought to your hotel where you can spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight stay: Hacienda Chichén | bed & breakfast

Day 4: Chichén Itzá - Merida

(approx. 150 km | 2.5 hour drive)
This day you drive on to Merida. It is the capital of the state of Yucátan and is also called 'the white city' thanks to the many white limestone buildings, which today are painted in beautifull colors. Merida is a city with a colonial heart, founded by the Mayans and later conquered by the Spaniards. They demolished the Mayan buildings and used the remains to build new churches and a cathedral.
Overnight stay: Casa del Balam | bed & breakfast

Day 5 and 6: Merida

These days are scheduled off so you will have time to visit the historic center of Merida. Here you will find among others the Paseo de Montejo, a boulevard where you will see several colonial buildings that remind you of the Champs Elysees in Paris. Be sure to visit the central square where you can see the beautiful cathedral, the elegant Casa Montejo and the famous murals of the Palacio Nacional. In the Anthropological Museum you will find an impressive collection of Mayan artifacts. If you want to see more of the surroundings, you can visit the nearby biosphere reserve of Celestun. This is a protected nature reserve that is on the UNESCO World Heritage list because of its unique flora and fauna. The swamps consists of an enormous network of natural waterways. In this area you will find one of the largest pink flamingo colonies in the world.
Overnight stay: Casa del Balam | bed & breakfast

Day 7: Merida -  Campeche

(approx. 175 km | 2.5 hour drive)
Today you will say goodbye to Merida and travel on to Campeche, a town still surrounded by defensive walls. This city is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Spanish settlers made Campeche one of the most impressive walled cities in America, along with a rich heritage of churches, lively squares and beautiful mansions. The French engineer Louis Bouchard de Becour was commissioned to connect all the walls around the city. At the completion of the connection of these walls, the city was surrounded by a 2560 meters long wall. The city of Campeche is also the culinary hotspot of the state with the same name. Here you can enjoy fresh seafood and fish. You can taste many things like: fried oysters, wrapped pompano fish with achiote and a pinch of cumin, squid stuffed with shrimps, tamales stuffed with Chaya leaves or a boiled egg wrapped in banana leaves. Delicious!
Overnight stay: Plaza Campeche | bed & breakfast

Day 8: Campeche

This day is scheduled off. It is definitely worthwhile to visit the old town center. When walking or cycling through the clean streets with colorful houses, you will taste the Caribbean atmosphere and discover fascinating legends about pirates, who made the coasts here in the distant past unsafe. Wheat and oil used to be exported from the city, giving Campeche a certain wealth.
Overnight stay: Plaza Campeche | bed & breakfast

Day 9: Campeche

Today starts with an extensive private tour of the Mayan site of Edzna, with its breathtaking temples and ceremonial sites where the Chenes architecture dominates. In the Templo de los Cinco Pisos (temple of the five floors) you will see that each of the five floors contains a palace room. This palace pyramid is more than 30 metres high. You will then travel along the Puuc route to the Mayan city of Uxmal, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This classical Mayan site will be a highlight of your visit to Yucatán. This site dates back to the 10th century A.D. and it is considered to be one of the most complex and impressive expressions of Puuc architecture. Literally the word Uxmal means built three times. Your guide will tell you more about the technique, architecture and society that created this impressive structure. After Uxmal you will visit Ka'ba, famous for its 'Palace of Chaac Masks' (Chaac is the Mayan rain god). The building is completely covered with these masks. This Maya site is connected to the nearby Uxmal by a dike. The buildings date from the 9th century and are built in Puuc style. Afterwards you will be brought back to your hotel in Campeche.
Overnight stay: Plaza Campeche | bed & breakfast

Day 10: Campeche - Tulum

(approx. 440 km | 6 hour drive)
Today you will drive to Tulum, where you will stay the last days of your journey. Tulum is a beautiful coastal town and an ideal destination to end your unique journey. Unlike Cancún and Playa del Carmen, this is an even smaller town that offers everything you need, but not the masses. It is a great place to relax and of course you should not forget the temples of Tulum, one of the most photogenic places in Mexico. In addition, Tulum is not far from the edge of the old crater of Chicxulub. Of this famous crater, which was formed by the impact that probably made an end to the dinosaurs, not much can be seen at the surface, except for the cenotes, the underground pools formed in the gorges of the crater. It is fun to snorkel in the cenotes.
Overnight stay: Ana y Jose hotel | bed & breakfast

Day 11 to day 13: Tulum

These days are scheduled off. Enjoy your stay in Tulum. Near Tulum you have several activities to do, but you can also enjoy one of the beautiful beaches. What you absolutely must do one of these days is visit the Maya city of Tulum, located on a 14 meter high cliff on the Caribbean Sea. Originally Tulum was probably called Zama. This means something like Morning City or City of Sunrise. Tulum means Wall. The city is completely walled in and there are several temples. One of the buildings served as a kind of lighthouse. At night a fire was lit here that shone through an opening in a wall. This allowed the sailors to navigate between the reefs. Tulum was founded by the Mayans in the year 1000. It's the only Mayan resort by the sea. Tulum can be visited daily and a trip can be combined with the lagoon Xel-ha. According to the Maya, the ruins of Tulum should be called Zama. Worth seeing are of course El Castillo by the sea, the Templo del Dios Descendente and the painted walls of the Templo de los Frescos. In half a day you have plenty of time to see the ruins and lie on the beach. Enjoy the rest of the days in the sun and enjoy the delicious Mexican dishes you can get here.
Overnight stay: Ana y Jose hotel | bed & breakfast

Day 14: Tulum - Cancun - Amsterdam

Today, your unique journey through Mexico comes to an end. You will drive to Cancun airport (approx. 125 km | 2 hour drive) where you can return your rental car at the end of the afternoon. You will then board your intercontinental flight to Amsterdam.

Day 15: Amsterdam

You will arrive in Amsterdam today.


From € 4,550 per person

  • Based on 2 persons traveling together
  • Depending on time of booking, availability of the accommodations and the period of travel


  • 13 hotel overnight stays, meals as mentioned
  • 14 days of rental car (Cat. Chevrolet Aveo or similar alternative) incl. basic insurance, pick-up and drop-off at the airport of Cancún
  • all transfers and excursions as stated
  • our backup 24/7; locally and in The Netherlands
  • extensive travel documents package with small attention

Not included:

  • international flights, if you wish, we reserve these for you
  • early check-in / late check-out, based on availability, this is sometimes provided by the hotel. If you want to be sure that you have this, ask us about the additional cost.
  • (Dutch) public contribution Calamity fund; € 2.50 per booking
  • SGR contribution of € 5,- per person per booking
  • travel and cancellation insurance

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Would you like to go on this journey? We can arrange the itinerary for you, but we are also happy to put together a programme based on your wishes and ideas. Do not hesitate to contact us. Send an e-mail to info@sapapanatravel.nlcall us on +31 73 610 62 04 or ask us to plan your trip. We are happy to help. 

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