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A holiday in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula gives you access to the three states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche. The sights and landscapes that encompass these three states are diverse and exciting and you can marvel at everything from dense emerald green jungles to tranquil blue cenotes to postcard perfect beaches.

With guaranteed sunshine year-round, a plethora of blissful beaches, and a never ending list of activities to enjoy, in the Yucatan peninsula, there’s always something to do.

Splash into refreshing cenotes. These natural swimming holes provide perfect conditions to swim in. After a day spent under the warming rays of the sun, you’ll find that nothing feels better than taking an energising dip in cold, fresh and crystal clear waters.

For a real Instagram-worthy snap, head to the pale pink lagoons of Las Coloradas. The landscape looks nothing short of dream like.

Discover Ancient Mayan Remains

The Yucatan peninsula is known for its towering and dominating Mayan landmarks that are found in the fascinating ancient cities of Chichen Itza, Tulum, Calakmul, and Coba. Transport back in time as you explore each of these cities, gazing up at the statues and ruins that resemble a set from a blockbuster movie. Don’t forget to bring your camera to document your findings – you’re unlikely to see anything else like these ruins on your travels.

Take a break from idyllic beaches and cooling cenotes and visit Merida, the capital of Yucatan. The city is also known as the ‘White City’ and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time as you navigate the tiny streets and observe the historic buildings and horse drawn carriages.

For an authentic taste of Mexico, take a break from big resorts and hotels and stay in traditional hacienda-style accommodation. By sleeping in authentic haciendas, you can develop a better understanding and connection with the country.

 

Destination Highlights

  • Marvel at the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Calakmul
  • Soak up the views of the old Mayan port in laid back Tulum
  • Take photos of the candyfloss coloured pink lake of Las Coloradas
  • Kayak through the crystal clear waters of the Bacalar Lagoon

Great sample itineraries


Why not combine your trip to Yucatan Peninsula with one of the USA’s vibrant cities, such as New York or Las Vegas? Browse some of our suggested itineraries for inspiration.

The Strip

Las Vegas And Orlando Twin Centre Holidays

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £2,499 PP
For an adventure holiday packed full of kicks and excitement, combine a trip to the USA with the pleasures of...
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Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta Multi Centre

  • 11 Days
A gastronomic hub, the flavours and dishes that have been exported from Mexico are loved and enjoyed across the world....
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New York And Mexico Multi Centre Holidays

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £2,399 PP
Reap the best of both worlds on this multi-centre USA holiday to the iconic city of New York and the...
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Multi centre holidays
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Las Vegas And Mexico Multicentre

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £2,499 PP
Combine a city break to the iconic city of Las Vegas with an idyllic stay on the white sand beaches...

Our favorite hotels


Choose from a selection of luxury Yucatan Peninsula hotels and resorts. From everything you need onsite to small family run boutiques, we’ll help you get the most from your holiday.

Casita
Mexico

Chablé Resort & Spa

A hideaway located just 35 minutes from the historic city of Merida is the Chablé Resort & Spa. The property...
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Guide Price £3,779
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Zen Grand Suites
Mexico

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

The impressive Grand Velas Riviera Maya is located just minutes from the lively resort of Playa del Carmen on a...
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Guide Price £3,799
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Mexico

UNICO 20°87° Riviera Maya

Perfectly located along the white sands of the Riviera Maya, UNICO 20°87° takes the all inclusive resort to the next...
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Guide Price £2,209
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Mexico

Finest Playa Mujeres

Finest Playa Mujeres is a contemporary beachfront resort just a short drive from Cancun. It is contemporary in design and...
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Guide Price £1,619
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Explore Yucatan Peninsula

Time Zone

GMT -5 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 10 hours 30 minutes; direct flights from the UK are available

Currency

MXN - Mexican Peso

Visa Information

British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Mexico but will require an immigration form for arrival and departure. You can obtain either when you arrive, on-board your flight, or online in advance from the National Institute of Immigration website.

Language

Spanish, but English is widely spoken and understood

Health Info

No vaccinations required, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.

Melissa, Destination Specialist

“Buy a handmade hammock in Merida, the capital of Yucatan, to add a dose of comfort to your home.”

Melissa
Destination Specialist
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“Cool down in a refreshing cenote – a natural swimming hole filled with fresh water.”

Gary
Destination Specialist
Melody, Destination Specialist

"We talk of exploring Mexico a lot, however if you do just want to relax then the range of hotels in this region are superior with some of the best all inclusives in the world". 

Melody
Destination Specialist

Cancun Carnaval

Mexico’s Carnaval is the Caribbean version of Mardi Gras, and in Cancun the city comes alive to celebrate during February and March. The streets are filled with colourful parade floats, vibrant fireworks and plenty of dancing and feasting.

Constitution Day

Mexico’s national Constitution Day takes place on February 5th each year. The day celebrates the government with speeches and ceremonies in their honour. It’s a fascinating event for any visitor to watch.

 

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