Viva Yucatán Mobile – Car Rental Tour

Hit the road on this 7 day Mexico Car Rental Tour and explore the exciting sites of the Yucatan. Visit huge archaeological ruins, wander through charming colonial cities and loose yourself in the sites and sounds of the Yucatan´s jungles and untouched nature. Enjoy the flexibility and mobility of traveling at your own pace in your very own rental car.

Day 1
Arrival in Cancún

After arriving in Cancún, please pick up your luggage and go directly to the Rental Car Desk within the airport. They will arrange your transport to the Rental Car office where you will pick up your rental car. With the keys in your hand, you are off on your Yucatan adventure and can drive to your hotel. Overnight stay. (Meals: none)

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Day 2
Cancún – Rio Lagartos – Ek Balam – Valladolid

Today, you will head towards Rio Lagartos, a small fishing community on the coast where you can observe the multitude of sea birds and flamingoes as they take flight and begin their day. Enjoy a boat ride (ask for our contact) through the lagoon and mangroves to get a closer look at the unique flora and fauna with around 320 different species. Afterwards, stop at the salt ponds of Las Coloradas which have a unique pink hue due to the high content of marine microorganisms rich in beta carotene. After lunch (not included), the tour continues to the secluded archeological site of Ek Balam, which translates as “shiny jaguar”. The facade of the main pyramid is especially impressive with beautiful artful stucco. After a full day continue to your hotel in Valladolid. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

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Distance: approx. 370 km | Total driving time: approx. 5 hours

Day 3
Chichén Itzá – Cenote Yokdzonot – Izamal – Mérida

After breakfast, stop at the world famous archaeological site of Chichén Itzá. In 1988, the ancient Mayan city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in 2007 declared one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Let yourself be fascinated by the imposing, architecturally impressive buildings of the Mayas and admire, among other things, the famous pyramid of Kukulcán, which as a whole is a calendar turned to stone, and the huge ball court. Afterwards, continue to Cenote Yokdzonot, where you can take a refreshing bath in the bright blue water. Around the cenote you can find a still typical yucatecan Mayan village, which, with the support of the government, maintains the water hole, looks after the small restaurant and thus ensures the income of the inhabitants. Before arriving in Mérida, visit Izamal the small colonial town, which consists mainly of yellow painted colonial buildings and the old beautiful Franciscan monastery. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

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Distance: approx. 150 km | Total driving time: approx. 2 1/2 hours

Day 4
Mérida – San Antonio Mulix – Hacienda Yaxcopoil – Uxmal – Campeche

Today you have earned some time to relax and cool off. Make a quick stop at San Antonio Mulix, where you will find two still undiscovered, quiet and idyllic cenotes which can only be reached via a bumpy and overgrown path of jungle vegetation. A must see off the beaten path secret! Continue to the ancient Hacienda Yaxcopoil, considered one of the most important sisal Haciendas of Yucatan in the 17th century. Feel transported back in the old history while admiring the original furnishings of the former residents and landlords. Your next stop will be the visit of the archaeological site of Uxmal, which is the Yucatan’s most important archeological excavation, apart from Chichén Itzá. The architecture of Uxmal is an example of that present in the Puuc region. The temples have smooth low walls which represent traditional Maya huts and many figures of the rain god Chaac. After a full day continue on to Campeche which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, where you still should have a quick city walk. Overnight stay.
(Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

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Distance: approx. 280 km | Total driving time: approx. 4 hours

Day 5
Campeche – Xpujil

Begin your day with a city walk through Campeche Learn about the San Miguel Fort which protected the city against pirates, the Cathedral, the Zócalo, the boardwalk and the San Román Church. Campeche is a small fishing town famous for its colorful houses and restored testimonies of its colonial past. The historical city center was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1999. Enjoy the cobblestones streets of this authentic Mexican town far away from the masses of tourists found on the Riviera Maya. Afterwards drive to your hotel in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

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Distance: approx. 280 km | Total driving time: approx. 4 hours

Day 6
Calakmul – Laguna Bacalar

Start this morning with a visit to the excavation site Calakmul. Drive about 60 km through the jungle of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. Located in the middle of the rainforest, it is still one of the less discovered archaeological sites and was once the the largest and most influential Mayan center of power and the greatest of all Mayan cities at that time. Explore the ruins and temples without the mass of tourists found in other sites. There are over 100 ruins spanning 2 km² and the view from the top compensates for every effort and is simply wonderful.

Afterwards, continue to the idyllic and peaceful Laguna Bacalar, also known as the lagoon of 7 colors. It shines especially in the afternoon in all its blue, turquoise and green tones and invites you to relax in the Mayan hammock. Luckily, this impressive location has been spared from large hotel complexes, and there are only small eco-resorts here, that attach great importance to preserving the pristine landscape. Overnight stay.
(Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

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Distance: approx. 320 km | Total driving time: ca. 5 1/2 hours

Day 7
Laguna Bacalar – Tulum – Playa del Carmen / Cancún

In the morning continue to Tulum. Explore these spectacular ruins which are situated on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean. Afterwards take a refreshing dip in the beautiful blue water before returning your rental car in Playa del Carmen or Cancún. If you have booked an extended beach vacation we can arrange a transfer back to your hotel. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

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Distance: ca. 280 km | Total driving time: approx. 3 1/2 hours

 

Itinerary


Price details

This Buenos Días Mexico rental car tour includes:
  • 6 nights accommodation in the aforementioned or equivalent hotels
  • Accommodation in double rooms with a private bathroom
  • Meals according to the itinerary above
  • 7 days rental car, categorie CDMR (compact) or SDMR (standard)

– Pick up: Airport Cancún
– Drop off: Airport Cancún  o. Playa del Carmen
– Unlimited kilometers
– Taxes
– Basic Insurance with a 10% retention
– A/C
– OPTIONAL: Extended loss damage waiver

  • Local taxes

 

This Buenos Días Mexico car rental tour does NOT include:
  • Voluntary tips for guides and drivers
  • Entrance fees for self organized excursions throughout the rental car tour
  • Fuel costs and highway tolls
  • Personal expenses & extras in the hotels
  • Additional meals & drinks
  • Taxis and transfers NOT mentioned above
  • Travel and medical insurance (Book here with Travel Secure)
  • Evacuation costs

Important information

 Important information:
  • Please note that all hotels and services are subject to availability until booking is confirmed.
  • We reserve the right to make any amendments to the itinerary as long as the amendments are not essential to the rest of the tour.
  • Please note that the Rental Car agreement is a contract between the renter and the rental car company. Buenos Días Mexico acts solely as a Travel Agent and cannot guarantee short term changes on the part of the service provider nor do they assume responsibility for damages. Please check the emergency numbers which are on your contract signed with the rental car company in case of accidents.
  • Since The rental car company charges a security deposit for each car rental which increases depending on category (600-2500 USD approx), usually 10% of the car value. A credit card is needed with a validity of at least one year and a sufficient limit to cover this deposit.
  • The rental car needs to be returned to the rental car offices as specified in the itinerary. It is not possible to leave the rental car at the hotel. Upon request the rental car company may offer a transfer to the hotel once the rental car is returned. This transfer cannot be guaranteed as it depends on the availability of the company shuttle.
  • All distance is approximated and Buenos Dias Mexico assumes no liability.
  • GPS systems and child carseats cannot be confirmed in advance and are subject to availability.
  • All of the hotels will be booked in a country specific category which does not always correspond to the international standard. Please note that there is no official hotel certification system in Mexico.
  • Please note that the price includes hotels within the standard category (equivalent to 3 stars). If you like an upgrade to 4 or 5 star category, we are happy to help you.
  • Small group travel: Please keep in mind that day trips with small groups often requires patience and understanding, because every group has a certain dynamic. Sometimes the group stops at souvenir shops and markets.
  • High Season Travelling (Christmas / New Year’s, Easter holidays and Day of the Dead): Travelling in Mexico during high seasons presents some exceptional conditions. This means that there may be delays, overbookings and longer waiting times at museums or archaeological sites. We try our best to assure that all services are carried out as confirmed but especially in the states of Chiapas and Yucatan small groups can sometimes convert to larger groups. We kindly ask you for your understanding.
  • This tour is fully customizable and can be adapted according to your needs and desires.