11 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

11 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula journey maker

Make it your trip
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Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 3 nights

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Cancun

— 3 nights
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Kids will appreciate attractions like La Isla Shopping Village and Interactive Aquarium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, make a splash at Float Fun Cancun, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cancun online trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. May in Cancun sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Cozumel

— 2 nights
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
On the 25th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel day trip planning site.

Getting from Cancun to Cozumel by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Playa del Carmen

— 2 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take the plunge with a skydiving experience and then get in on the family fun at Xcaret. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary site.

You can ride a ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Chichen Itza

— 3 nights
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Get out of town with these interesting Chichen Itza side-trips: Izamal (Zona Arqueologica de Izamal & Convento de San Antonio de Padua). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, Head underground at Balankanche Cave, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in May, expect Chichen Itza to be somewhat warmer, temps between 94°F and 79°F.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

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Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline
A trip to Yucatan Peninsula takes visitors to the southeastern section of Mexico, an area that housed the legendary Maya civilization before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. Much of the region's population traces its origins back to this old culture, and in many of the smaller settlements residents continue to speak the Maya language in addition to Spanish. Yucatan Peninsula tourism thrives largely thanks to the popularity of Cancun, a modern resort town on the so-called "Mayan Riviera." Away from the white-sand coastline, this part of Mexico treats visitors to some of the finest examples of Mayan pyramids and temples, offering a glimpse into the continent's pre-Hispanic history.