Cancún is one of the most popular destinations in Mexico. Hire cars are the best way to get around here. The city is located in the north-east of the Yucatán Peninsula directly on the coast and is world famous as the centre of the Riviera Maya holiday region.
The name of the city comes from the Mayan and can be translated as “nest of the snakes” or “place of the gold snake”. Start your trip in Mexico at Cancún International Airport, where you can pick up a hire car directly. After all, the best way to travel in this area is in a hire car because Cancun is clearly designed for road traffic. Reserve your car at TUI Cars, Cancun is already waiting.
Destination Cancún: in a hire car to the west and to the south
You drive west to get from Cancún to Chichén Itzá on the carretara 180 trunk road via Mérida and Valladolid. But there are also other worthwhile destinations to drive to in your hire car: Cancún is also a good starting point for driving south on carretara 307. Chetumal is some 380 kilometres away, and on the way you will pass through the tourist centre of Playa del Carmen and then Tulum after 131 kilometres. Chetumal is not only a Mayan site, but the only one directly on the sea, providing a very special backdrop. Tulum is also easily reached by car with Cancun as your starting point. You can pick up a hire car from a car rental office in downtown Cancun or directly at the airport.
Starting point Cancún: hit the road in a hire car
It is no secret: the transport options in and around Cancún are very car-centric. You can get to the interesting destinations on well-paved trunk roads, making an excursion in a hire car the best option. Cancun is, for example, your starting point for a 200-kilometree journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza with one of the most important ruins on the Yucatán Peninsula from the late Mayan period.
You've probably already seen the breath-taking Kukulcán Pyramid in photos. You can now explore the pyramids for real in your hire car. From Cancun it a pleasant day’s car ride. When you visit Chichén Itzá in your hire car you will see up close remarkable architectural masterpieces from another time. Absolutely not to be missed.