12 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

12 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cancun
— 3 nights
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
3
Tulum
— 2 nights
4
Merida
— 3 nights

3
nights
Cancun

Cancun ©
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Isla Shopping Village and Zona Arqueologica El Rey. Change things up with a short trip to Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres (about 1h 20 min away). There's more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Cancun day trip planner.

London, UK to Cancun is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In March, Cancun is much warmer than London - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): play a few rounds at Playacar Golf Club, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen route website.

Drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playacar Golf Club ©
Playacar Golf Club
Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church ©

2
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Visit Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, Head underground at Two Eyes Cenote, make a trip to Plastic Flamingo, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tulum tour app.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Tulum, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

3
nights
Merida

Merida ©
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.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral, thencontemplate the long history of Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, and then delve into the distant past at Uxmal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Mayapan Archaeological Zone, thenexplore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Grande.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Merida holiday planning site.

Getting from Tulum to Merida by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Tulum in March, expect nights in Merida to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Uxmal
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Mayapan Archaeological Zone ©
Mayapan Archaeological Zone
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

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