16 days in Yucatan Peninsula & Belize Itinerary

16 days in Yucatan Peninsula & Belize Itinerary

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
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Placencia, Belize
— 1 night
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San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cenote Chaak Tun and 3D Museum of Wonders. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, push the limits with an extreme tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen online route planner.

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in March; daily highs in Playa del Carmen reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks · Spas · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Cenote Chaak Tun ©
Cenote Chaak Tun
Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church ©

2
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cenote Car Wash. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz, stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, and then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Tulum sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz

1
night
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, then explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun, and finally explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Ake. On your second day here, stroll through Chinchorro Reef, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in March: high temperatures in Chichen Itza hover around 38°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Chinchorro Reef
Chinchorro Reef
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

2
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
On the 14th (Sat), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then admire the natural beauty at Belize Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and then take in the dramatic scenery at Big Rock Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Ignacio trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chichen Itza to San Ignacio. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chichen Itza to San Ignacio due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Placencia.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Belize Botanic Gardens ©
Belize Botanic Gardens

1
night
Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Pyramid House Wine Etc, and then step off the mainland to explore Pumpkin Caye. On the next day, get answers to all your questions at Placencia Municipal Pier and then head off the coast to Laughing Bird Caye National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Placencia road trip tool.

You can drive from San Ignacio to Placencia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Placencia can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Placencia

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Placencia Municipal Pier ©
Placencia Municipal Pier

2
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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stop by 12 Belize, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally browse the exhibits of Belizean Arts.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the San Pedro trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Placencia to San Pedro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Spas
12 Belize ©
12 Belize
Belizean Arts ©
Belizean Arts

2
nights
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the vivid underwater world at Turneffe Reef, see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, and then stroll through The Estuary of Caye Caulker. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Red Flower Gallery, then stop by Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Caye Caulker tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from San Pedro to Caye Caulker in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. March in Caye Caulker sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Fishing Charters & Tours
Turneffe Reef ©
Turneffe Reef

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