15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula tour planner

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Bus to Tijuana, Fly to Merida
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Merida
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izamal
— 1 night
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Morelos
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Uxmal in Uxmal (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Ruta Puuc, admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Jesus,Tercera Orden, and see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Merida road trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Merida is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Merida. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in Merida reach 91°F and lows reach 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Izamal.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Izamal

— 1 night
Izamal is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 72 km (about 40 miles) east of state capital Mérida, in southern Mexico.Izamal was continuously occupied throughout most of Mesoamerican chronology; in 2000, the city's estimated population was 15,000 people. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Izamal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de San Antonio de Padua.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Izamal travel route planning website.

Getting from Merida to Izamal by car takes about an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Izamal can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Izamal

Historic Sites

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.
On the 13th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, explore the ancient world of La Iglesia, then delve into the distant past at D'zitnupt Cenote, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Chinchorro Reef.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip planner.

You can drive from Izamal to Chichen Itza in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 15th (Fri): take the plunge with a skydiving experience and then get in on the family fun at Xcaret. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in October, Playa del Carmen is a bit cooler at night with lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

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.
Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, about 48 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun, contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote, and get to know the fascinating history of Tulum Tower.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tulum vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Tulum, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Puerto Morelos.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos

— 2 nights

Jewel of Mexican Caribbean

A small seaport at the tip of Yucatan Peninsula, pleasant Puerto Morelos offers a good alternative for visitors seeking a quieter beach vacation with plenty of tourist amenities.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then make a trip to Parroquia Catolica de San Jose. On your second day here, see the vivid underwater world at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, then meet the residents at Croco Cun Zoo, and then stop by Super Casa Martin.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Morelos online road trip planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Puerto Morelos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Puerto Morelos sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Puerto Morelos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · 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.