Quintana Roo

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Quintana Roo
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Country: Flag of Mexico Mexico
Population: 1,400,000
Seat: Chetumal
Licence Plate: Quintana Roo

Quintana Roo is the easternmost state of Mexico, located on the Yucatán peninsula. It shares borders with the Mexican states of Yucatán and Campeche to the west, and with Belize to the south. Its capital is Chetumal, while the biggest and most important city is Cancún. Quintana Roo is probably the most touristy state of Mexico. Especially Cancún and Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya are crowded with foreign tourists and expensive hotels. However, going further inland you can find beautiful and almost empty places. While still very touristy, the Maya sites of Tulum, Cobá, and a few more are worth visiting.


Technically speaking, highway 307 which connects Cancún with Chetumal, can be divided into two parts. The first part of the road between Cancún and Tulum will be easy to hitchhike given the sufficient amount of traffic. Next to local Minibusses, you will encounter a lot of rental cars with tourists from all over the world. The second part from Tulum to Chetumal is much less frequented and traffic will be significantly less, however with a bit of patience a direct ride from Tulum to Chetumal or the Belize border should be on your list. If you're not planning on stopping in some of the settlements inbetween, you should take nothing less but a ride to Bacalar, at least.

Border Crossing

When going to Belize, keep in mind that Mexican officials might charge you for leaving the country.