The Mayan Route: and epic road trip through history and nature

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The Mayans lived for a couple thousand years in the area known today as Southeastern Mexico and Northern Central America. The remains of their outstanding civilization can be traced by following the Mayan Route.

From Chiapas to Quintana Roo, the tropical side of Mexico is home to fascinating archeological sites that give mind-bending insights on the way of life of these ancient people. Each one of them reveals a different episode of the story!

We give you the main stopping points on the Mayan Route and some information on what you can expect to see. Make plans for an epic road trip through Southeastern Mexico and immerse yourself in the experience of a lifetime.

Palenque (Chiapas)

Known in its time as Lakam Ha’, this enormous capital was the most influential city-state during several hundred years in the first millennium. Buildings like the main palace and the pyramid that guards the tomb of ruler Pacal are prime examples of the greatness this civilization reached at its peak.

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Look us up at City Express Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the perfect starting point for the journey.

Comalcalco (Tabasco)

Try saying that again! Despite it being a rather low key, under the radar kind of site, Comalcalco was actually an important settlement in the most western end of the Mayan world. The old acropolis was surrounded by majestic temples, chambers and yards whose ruins you can still walk through.

Find us at City Express Villahermosa, the natural sleeping stop at this point in the route.

Calakmul (Campeche)

The first place ever to be granted Mixed World Heritage status by the United Nations, due to both its natural and historic treasures. Located in the middle of one of the largest tropical reserves in the continent, it is testimony to the magnificent urban development and architectural prowess of the Mayans.

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The closest city to Calakmul is Campeche, around 180 miles away. Book a room at City Express Campeche to ensure a night of comfort and resting.

Uxmal (Yucatán)

About 50 miles south from Mérida, Uxmal is one of the most peculiar looking cities in the Mayan world. The distinctive main pyramid offers a breathtaking view from its top and the art that’s engraved in the buildings is some of the finest ever made by the Mayans.

Chichen Itzá (Yucatán)

No introduction needed for the most famous Mayan city in the world. One of the late capitals, Chichen and the stunning light phenomenon that occurs in the surface of the Kukulcan Pyramid every spring equinox consistently attract millions of tourists. If you can, check out the mesmerizing night show, with state of the art video mapping and surround sound.

City Express Mérida is a good place to sleep over while exploring Uxmal and Chichen Itzá. See you there!

Tulum (Quintana Roo)

The only Mayan city known to have a view of the Caribbean is one of Mexico’s most recognizable postcards. Its ancient name, Zamá, means “sunrise” and, for sure, you can witness spectacular sunrises from here. The perfect ending for a perfect trip!

City Express Playa del Carmen is 40 minutes away, at the very heart of the Riviera Maya.

An adventure is waiting in Southeastern Mexico. Embark on the Mayan Route, discover the secrets of these ancient people and look out for the City Express signs at every stopping point, we have your back!

The Mayan Route: and epic road trip through history and nature