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Covering three states, Yucatan, Campeche, and Quintana Roo, the Yucatan Peninsula is among the most diverse in the hemisphere. With its eastern border complimented by the Caribbean Sea, the Yucatan possesses ancient ruins, intact rain forests and underground caves, colonial cities, offshore islands with luxury resorts, and natural wonders that will satisfy even the most seasoned travelers.  Bordering Belize and Guatemala, the region maintains its close Maya ties, observed in its inhabitants dress, language, religion and cuisine.
The major colonial establishment on the peninsula, known as T'hó to the ancient Maya, Merida offers a stark contrast to the seemingly untamed heartland of several ancient civilizations. The narrow streets and shady parks provide a feeling of the old-world, as horses and cars traverse the cobblestone streets. On weekends, the streets in the city's center are cordoned off and are dominated by pedestrians and street vendors.

Also the capital of the state of Campeche, the city itself boasts many restored buildings and colonial structures that helped it to become a designated UNESCO world heritage site in 1999. Located on the Gulf of México, Campeche is an ideal location to stroll the boardwalk or visit the pair of forts that still have cannons aimed toward the open seas.

Uxmal, Chichen Itza and further Maya ruins
Housing some of the most finely restored ruins in world, the Yucatan Peninsula contains ruins still covered in dense jungle, waiting to reveal new hidden mysteries. Those unearthed offer a glimpse into the ancient Maya world as you walk in the footsteps of civilizations past. Chichén Itza, Calakmul, Uxmal and others are accessible from either Cancun or Merida.

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Best time to be there

October to April as the rainy season works its way up from the south beginning in May and running until September. Hurricanes may occur from July to October. December to February are the coolest months, when northerly winds can sometimes take inland northern Mexico temperatures down to freezing.

Fly to

Mexico City Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun (onward connections to the coast)

flying time

12 hours (plus one hour for onward connections)

time difference

GMT -6 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations required

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Family Mexico

Nights: 7 | from £3,985pp

An activity-filled family trip into the heart of Mexico where you’ll discover what zip lining through the jungle is like and to cook Mayan cuisine. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Food, Wine , Tequila with Punta Mita

Nights: 11 | from £6,160pp

This top level, exclusive, wine and food tour appeals to all types and takes you to amazing areas including bustling Mexico City, the beauty of San Miguel... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Discover Mexico

Nights: 13 | from £5,980pp

A fascinating cultural tour of Mexico showcasing its history, architecture, archaeology, craftworks and cuisine, which affords an extra layer of insight... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Mexico

Nights: 13 | from £4,960pp

Mexico's past and present collide in this heady mix of city life, ancient Mayan treasures, tropical jungles, colonial cities and stunning Caribbean beaches.... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Colonial Heartlands

Nights: 9 | from £3,875pp

Visit Mexico's rich artisanal culture and its colonial roots, giving you the opportunity to meet artists in their studios and to visit small villages. Find out more

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Hacienda Puerta Campeche

The Hacienda Puerta Campeche is a luxurious hotel based in a set of flawlessly restored 17th century historical houses - its vibrant feel defined by the... Find out more

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Hacienda San Jose

With 15 delightfully decorated and spacious guest rooms and authentic Maya Villas, the Hacienda San Jose is a wonderful oasis of calm comfort set amongst... Find out more

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Hacienda Santa Rosa

Located in the quaint town of Santa Rosa, Yucatan, Hacienda Santa Rosa is a former nobleman's private estate featuring uniquely carved columns, ornately... Find out more

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Hacienda Temozon

Once a family-run estancia and the largest producer of sisal in the area, the Hacienda Temozon recreates the belle époque of the Mexican southeast. With... Find out more

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Hacienda Uayamon

Wonderfully atmospheric, the Hacienda Uayamon was originally built in 1700 on the site of a ruined Mayan pyramid, and has been lovingly restored to create... Find out more

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Miami and Western Caribbean discovery Ft. Celebrity Cruise

Nights: 11 | from £3,480pp

Immerse yourself in the big city thrills of Miami with hotel stays before or after this Caribbean cruise, where you can explore the world of ancient Mayan... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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