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Driving from Cancun to Palenque?

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Friends of ours are getting married in Akumal next month. My wife and I are deciding about flying down for the wedding and then extending our trip for a week or so to go to Palenque, which has been on the bucket list for a while.

One option would be to drive there over a couple days. Google maps shows a northern (Merida, Campeche) and southern (Chetumal) route. We could make a loop out of it.

Anyway, the question is how is this drive for a pair of gringos? We know not to drive at night but what are those road conditions like? It's been 15 years since we've been in the Yucatan.

Another option, which I learned from this Fodors thread:

would be to take the VivaAerobus flight to Villahermosa, then the bus to Palenque. Perhaps that makes more sense?

We don't want to take a bus all the way from Cancun because my wife is prone to motion sickness.

Thanks for any info.

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