15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Cancun
— 5 nights
Drive
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Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive

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Cancun

— 5 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.
You've now added Mercado 28 to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.
On the 15th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Xcaret and then don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

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Getting from Cancun to Playa del Carmen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks
Highlights from your 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 17th (Sat), see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel visit planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cozumel are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Tulum

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cenote Taak Bi Ha, Yucatan Expeditions, Conciencia Tours & Travel, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Yucatan Expeditions, Head underground at Cenote Taak Bi Ha, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Conciencia Tours & Travel.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tulum trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Chichen Itza

— 2 nights
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), explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, then explore the fascinating underground world of Balankanche Cave, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Antonio de Padua, and finally delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Izamal. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Cuzama.

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You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Chichen Itza: highs are around 92°F and lows about 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.