This tour will introduce you to the highlights of southern Mexico from the Caribbean coast through the Yucatan peninsula to the mountains of Palenque in the state of Chiapas. Bustling cosmopolitan Playa del Carmen is the starting point for this 12 day adventure where you can quickly acclimatise to the Mexican sun and fun. Tranquil Bacalar and its impressive fresh-water lake will provide a chance to relax and get back to nature, or you may choose secluded Xpujil for its proximity to the extensive remote ruins of Calakmul. On to Palenque and the jungle covered ruins of the ancient Mayan city, home now to birds and howler monkeys calling to the gods in the misty mornings. Back to the flat landscape of Yucatan for visits to the pirate city of Campeche and historic Merida before spending three nights on the paradise-island of Holbox where your only option is to sit back and take it easy among the coconut palms and colourful fishing boats. Mexico is waiting for you… don’t delay.All Tours
Playa del Carmen is a tropical beach destination with the warm white sandy beaches where you can soak up the Mexican rays. The Quinta Avenida, the main shopping street in Playa is lively place with plenty to see and do, particularly in the evening.
After picking up your rental car you travel in the direction of Bacalar or Xpujil.
Bacalar Lagoon is the second largest fresh water lake in Mexico. Staying in the small town of Bacalar makes sure you have time to enjoy these famous ‘Seven colors
If you are interested in seeing more culture then Xpujil might be a better place for you to stay, because it allows you to visit some fabulous smaller mayan sites.
Palenque is one of the few Mayan cities where archaeologists were able to learn a lot about Mayan history thanks to well-preserved hieroglyphs that were found here. They tell stories of dynasties, conquests, wealth and destruction. And according to many people it is the most beautiful ruin in Mexico. The location in the jungle is phenomenal.
Agua Azul waterfall is where the river drops about 1000m over a distance of 2km in a number of ‘steps’, causing several small waterfalls with a beautiful turquoise colour.
Misol-Ha is a small but high waterfall. You can walk underneath it.
In Campeche it is just nice to walk around and enjoy the beautiful, typically Mexican colonial architecture (especially Calle 55, 5and 59). The sights within the old citywalls are extremely different to the sights you can see around the modern Playa Moch-Couoh, situaded at 16th Septiembere Avenida close to the ‘malecon’ (boulevard near the water). Campeche used to be the busiest harbour in this area and was well known by pirates. That is why the Campechanos build an impressive wall to defend themselves.
Merida is a big city in northern Yucatan, and the capital of the Yucatan state. The main street, Paseo de Montejo is lined with beautiful buildings in French Neo-renaissance style which form an interesting contrast to the simple, traditional pastel-coloured Yucatecan houses. Merida is also home to the oldest cathedral in Yucatan and the Governors Palace which houses some beautiful murals depicting the history of Yucatan.
Chichén Itzá is the most well known and most visited Maya site and since July 2007 one of the new world wonders. You can visit the ruins in 2, 5 hours but could easily spend a whole day as well. The main temple El Castillo at the Gran Plaza is spectacular, but also the Juego de Pelota and other buildings are very special. El Castillo is a huge and impressive monument, also because of the symbolism. Each side of the pyramid is divided by stairs in 18 parts. The 18 months of the Mayan year and each stair have 91 steps. Multiply this by 4 and you have 364 days and together with the upper platform 365 days.
Holbox Island is a favorite island destination in Mexico. It’s small, idyllic and authentic. Local islanders make a comfortable living fishing around the Island and they’re not economically dependent on tourists, which gives the place a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere.
Unfortunately today is your deprature via Cancun Airport