2 routes from Cancun to Merida without paying tolls

If you’re looking for a more fun way to get from Cancun to Merida but you don’t want to ride a boring and straight toll-road, MotoTravel has you covered!
Once you’re past Nuevo X-Can on the Quintana Roo – Yucatan border there are quite a bunch of options for more fun and adventurous routes.

I’ve been to Merida from Cancun a few times, and every time I took a different route. For a mid-week roadtrip I followed a rural route to Merida through the Northern part of Yucatan and spend a few days in Merida before heading back via a more southern route. Along the way to Merida I passed through several small and developing towns with old Spanish era churches and squares. Some with a market, others with just some shops.
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The historic ruins of Ek-Balam and Coba

Living in Cancun for a while also means a lot of historic sites can be visited. For this adventure I had made a route to visit Ek-Balam and Coba with a quick stop in Valladolid.
This turned out to be a nice day with lots to see and do.

We left early-ish in the morning from Cancun, filling up with fuel and heading out to the ruins of Ek-Balam, which is in north of Valladolid in Yucatan. Not one for tollroads we of-course sought out smaller roads and streets to make it extra fun.
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Roadtrip into Mexico its history – Uxmal and Mayapan – Part 2

This is Part 2 of our road trip visiting the Uxmal and Mayapan ruin sites. For part 1, click here.

For our stay in Merida I have planned a few small roadtrips to the fancy Uxmal ruins and the not so fancy Mayapan Ruins. The last few Mayan ruins we’ll visit for a while. Going further into Mexico other tribes and peoples inhabited those parts. So the next archeological site is probably not Mayan.
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Roadtrip into Mexico its history – Uxmal and Mayapan – Part 1

For our stay in Merida I have planned a few small roadtrips. One of which took us south to the fancy Uxmal ruins and the not so fancy Mayapan Ruins. The last few Mayan ruins we’ll visit for… Well, maybe ever. Going further into Mexico other tribes and peoples inhabited those parts. So the next archeological site is probably not Mayan.

Anyway, we headed out from the hotel at around 8AM, courageously following the route I had prepared. And at the edge of Merida we ran into some trouble. Some dudes thought it prudent to do road maintenance in the morning amidst heavy traffic and closed the one highway exit heading out that end of the city. Sending everyone off to take the next retorno (U-turn) and approach the cloverleaf intersection from the other side. Furiously waving his orange flag and pointing down the road.
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Finding Flamingos in Rio Lagartos

In June we went on a little mid-week road trip from Cancun to Rio Lagartos in Northern Yucatan, Mexico. The main goal was to find millions of flamingos.

Day 1

Leaving at around 8am from Cancun on our motorcycles, Arnan on his BMW F850GS and Jeanette on her G310GS, we of-course ignored the Quota (Toll road) and headed straight for the Libramento to Leona Vicario. A small town along the route. From there we followed carretera 180 to X-Can, an even smaller town just over the border of Yucatan state from where we headed North towards Tizimin – A midsize town with a nice old Spanish church and old buildings in the city centre.
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