13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula holiday maker

Make it your trip
Drive
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Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive
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Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Calakmul

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Calakmul. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then explore the ancient world of Balamku Archaeological Zone.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Calakmul trip builder tool.

Merida to Calakmul is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sian Ka'an

— 1 night
On the 11th (Sun), stroll through Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sian Ka'an road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Calakmul to Sian Ka'an with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Ambarte). Spend the 14th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Sian Ka'an to Tulum. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Cozumel

— 3 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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, stroll through Playa Palancar Cozumel Beach Club, and try out the rides at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Cozumel road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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.
On the 19th (Mon), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, look for gifts at Tattooarte, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Interactive Aquarium.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 21st (Wed), delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ossuary.

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Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cancun in April: highs in Chichen Itza hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.