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Palapa Tour

10 Night Itinerary from £1,780

Private Individual Tour


Visit the Aztec remnants of the past; Tulum, Calakmul for the pyramids of mighty civilisations, small villages, Chichen Itza, the walled city of Campeche and colonial Merida

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Our in-depth self-drive discovery through the heart of the Yucatan
  • A comprehensive tour of Mayan ruins, visiting nine distinct archaeological sites
  • Combine with exploration of colonial era cities and quiet provincial villages
  • Avoid the crowds at Chichen Itza and Uxmal
  • Visit the cliff-top ruins Tulum, overlooking an idyllic golden beach
  • Receive local support and maps with a suggested route and places of interest

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

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Cancun - 1 Night

Day 1 - Departure on daytime flight to Cancun

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Day 1

Fly to Cancun

Take a daytime flight to Cancun, arriving the same evening, where you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel for a 1 night stay. This is also the opportunity for our guide to provide you with advice, explain your programme and answer any questions you may have.

1655 Tulum

Tulum - 1 Night

Day 2 - Tulum

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Day 2


Early departure to collect your vehicle and then drive onto the striking ruins of Tulum, set on a cliff top offering stunning views over the turquoise ocean. Stay one night with time to visit the archaeological site of Coba hidden in the dense forest.

6261 Chicanná & Calakmul

Chicanná Ruins - 2 Nights

Day 3 - Kohunlich

Day 4 - Chicanná & Calakmul

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Day 3


Continue to Kohunlich, visiting the nearby archaeological site famed for its unique 3m high stucco masks of the Sun God, from the early classic period (AD 250-500). The site is surrounded by dense rainforest with many of its buildings still lying entangled in the vegetation. Continue to Chicanna, where you stay for two nights.

Day 4

Chicanná & Calakmul

Start the day at the Mayan ruins of Chicanná, filled with beautiful structures with ornate facades.

The next stop is the Maya ceremonial site of Calakmul, where a large number of structures have been identified, including the tallest pyramid in Mexico. The ruins here are part of the an extensive Biosphere Reserve.

3992 Uxmal

Campeche & Edzna - 2 Nights

Day 5 - Campeche

Day 6 - Edzná

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Day 5


Continue your self-drive journey to the Gulf of Mexico to stay for 2 nights at the old walled city of Campeche on the coast. The original colonial architecture and warm colours of the 18th century have been restored in the residential areas and historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll the streets and explore the churches, museums and the forts built to protect the city and the Spanish fleets, carrying the riches of Mexico.

Day 6


Today visit Edzná's massive complexes, once a large ceremonial centre which flourished around 650AD.

Impressive Archaeological Sites

Uxmal - 1 Night

Day 7 - Uxmal


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Day 7


More fascinating exploration today. First stop are the Mayan ruins of Labná, noted for their tall corbelled archways and intricate mosaic reliefs. Next is Kabah, with its incredible façade adorned with nearly 300 masks of Chac, the Rain God. Continue the drive to Uxmal, showing fine examples of the ornate Puuc style with intricate stone lattice work, mosaics and towering pyramids. Overnight at Uxmal.

1656 Merida

Merida - 2 Nights

Day 8 - Oxkutzcab

Day 9 - At leisure in Merida

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Day 8


Drive to Oxkutzcab, a small, picturesque Mayan town with a large and colourful fruit market. Continue to Mérida, for a 2 night stay.

Day 9

At leisure in Merida

Spend a day at leisure, exploring Merida's colourful colonial buildings painted in soft colours, enclosing delightful and tranquil patios. The museums and markets are also well worth a visit.


Chichén Itzá - 1 Night

Day 10 - Explore Chichén Itzá

Day 11 - Depart to UK

Day 12 - Arrive in the UK

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Day 10

Explore Chichén Itzá

Drive to Chichén Itzá, one of the largest discovered Mayan sites, full of cosmological significance, with steps, panels and terraces depicting various stages of the Mayan calendar. El Castillo dominates the complex and affords stunning views of the sprawling ruins.

Chichén Itzá is close to Ik kil, a crowded, but beautiful cenote where you can have a refreshing swim. Overnight at Chichén Itzá.

Day 11

Depart to UK

Opportunity to further explore Chichen Itza in the morning without the crowds of tourists. Late morning, depart to Cancún airport for your overnight to flight to the UK. 

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec 22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £1,780 £1,898 £2,141 £2,259
Multiple Travellers - Own Room £2,245 £2,548 £2,606 £2,945
Single Traveller - Own Room £2,457 £3,012 £2,820 £3,363

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

What's Included

  • 12 Days / 10 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Self-drive 2 door hatchback hire car
  • Maps and other useful information to help you explore safely
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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