|Come with us in your own car to explore one of the most beautiful, fascinating and varied regions on earth: Mexico and Central America. HERO 4x4xplore's Aventura Panamericana is an Adventure Drive open to just 35 crews in classic cars or modern 4x4s. It is not a competitive rally, but it is a challenging event, designed for people who love to drive.
The 11,000 km/7,000 mile route will include most of the region's scenic and historic highlights, as well as some great driving roads and 4x4 trails. We start with a three-day, 2,000km run down the wild and scenic peninsula of Baja California, home of the legendary Baja 1000 rally, before taking a ferry across to the Sierra Madre mountains, where a super jeep trail takes the 4x4s to the spectacular Copper Canyon. The classic car crews take one of the world’s great railway journeys to get there!
Our journey eastwards takes in many unspoiled small towns and villages, as well as some wonderful historic cities, rich in sumptuous colonial architecture, such as Zacatecas and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Guanajuato, which you can explore at leisure during a rest day.
A two-day halt lets you explore the wonders of Mexico City Aztec, colonial and modern (it’s a shopping paradise) before driving out past the great twin volcanoes of Iztaccíhuatl and Popacatépetl. We continue to the old city of Oaxaca and the amazing Zapotec complex of Monte Alban, before crossing the mountains to the Pacific coast and the lovely scenery of Huatulco.
Then we drive through the tropical rainforest mountains of Chiapas province, with rich old cities like San Cristóbal de las Casas and
major Maya sites like Palenque; and spend a couple of days in the
fabulous peninsula of Yucatan, with its wealth of Mayan sites and other things to see.
In Belize, we will pause for a rest day to snorkel or scuba on the world’s second largest (and many say the world’s finest) coral reef. In Guatemala and Honduras and Nicaragua, we will pass through misty mountains of primeval rain forest, as well as largely undiscovered Maya sites, old colonial cities and remote villages. In Costa Rica, we will drive virtually to the rim of active volcanoes, and swim in hot springs. Finally, our journey ends on Thursday 7 December with a great party at our luxury hotel overlooking the Pacific.
As ever, we are using the best available hotels throughout the trip, including some imaginative and exciting developments off the beaten track.
See the separate Provisional Itinerary for more details. If you'd like to join in, contact us for a chat or send in the Entry Application Form in the Regulations.