12 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

12 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula journey planner

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Cancun
— 2 nights
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Holbox Island
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Valladolid
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive
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Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive
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Campeche
— 1 night
Drive
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Merida
— 2 nights
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Cancun

— 2 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.
When in Cancun, make a side trip to see Scuba & Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen, approximately Playa del Carmen away. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun travel route planner.

Panama City, Panama to Cancun is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In May in Cancun, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Holbox Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Refugio Holbox, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then soothe aching muscles at Agua Spa & Yoga Center by Casa Las Tortugas.

Before you visit Holbox Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cancun to Holbox Island. In May, daytime highs in Holbox Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Valladolid.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Valladolid

— 3 nights

Sultana of the East

One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village), Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus, Chichen Itza, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's much more to do: stroll through Xkopek Parque Apicola, examine the collection at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico, and explore the fascinating underground world of Zazil Tunich.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Valladolid vacation planner.

You can take a shuttle from Holbox Island to Valladolid in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Holbox Island in May, expect nights in Valladolid to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bacalar.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bacalar

— 1 night
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. On the 27th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Eco Sailing and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bacalar trip planner.

You can drive from Valladolid to Bacalar in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bacalar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Calakmul

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Balamku Archaeological Zone and then delve into the distant past at Calakmul.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Calakmul road trip planner.

Drive from Bacalar to Calakmul in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Campeche

— 1 night
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo de Arqueologia Subacuatica Fuerte de San Jose, admire the striking features of Zona Arquelogica Edzna, and then see the interesting displays at Fuerte-Museo San Miguel.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Campeche sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Calakmul to Campeche in 5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Campeche can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Merida

— 2 nights
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya and then don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Merida online road trip planner.

You can drive from Campeche to Merida in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Merida

Museums

Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

4.4
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.

Campeche travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites