17 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

17 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula trip planner

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Fly
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Cancun
— 1 night
Bus to Puerto Juárez, Ferry to Isla Mujeres
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Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Cancun
— 1 night
Drive
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Rio Lagartos
Drive
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Merida
— 1 night
Drive
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Progreso
Drive
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Izamal
Drive
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Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bacalar
— 2 nights
Shuttle
10
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive
11
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Drive
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Cancun
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Cancun

— 1 night
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.
To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun holiday planner.

Zagreb, Croatia to Cancun is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zagreb to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cancun when traveling from Zagreb in July, with lows around 28°C. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nightlife

Isla Mujeres

— 2 nights
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Norte. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon and then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres travel route builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Cancun

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Playa Langosta. On the 19th (Mon), browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Langosta.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cancun online attractions planner.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Rio Lagartos

Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Natural Ria Lagartos.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rio Lagartos journey planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Rio Lagartos takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
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Merida

— 1 night
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.
To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Merida day trip planner.

Getting from Rio Lagartos to Merida by car takes about 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Progreso.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites
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Progreso

Progreso is a port city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, located on the Gulf of Mexico in the north-west of the state some 30 minutes north of state capital Mérida (the biggest city on the Yucatán Peninsula) by highway. To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Progreso itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Merida to Progreso takes an hour. When traveling from Merida in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Progreso, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. On the 21st (Wed), you're off to Izamal.

Things to do in Progreso

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Izamal

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 21st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Antonio de Padua.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Izamal tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Progreso to Izamal in 1.5 hours. July in Izamal sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Valladolid.

Things to do in Izamal

Historic Sites
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Valladolid

— 2 nights

Sultana of the East

One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza and then explore the world behind art at Casa de los Venados.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Valladolid online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Izamal to Valladolid takes 1.5 hours. July in Valladolid sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Bacalar.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Bacalar

— 2 nights
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): do sightseeing your way with Private Tours and then take an in-depth tour of Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Ciudad and then explore and take pictures at Malecon de Chetumal.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bacalar trip maker site.

Getting from Valladolid to Bacalar by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Bacalar, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors · Museums · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tulum

— 5 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Kids will enjoy Akumal Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Let the collections at Balam Art On Feathers and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Tulum to Coba to see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Paradise Beach, explore the activities along Aktun Chen, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tulum trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bacalar in July; daily highs in Tulum reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen

— 1 night
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 30th (Fri): stop by Fernando Rodriguez and then explore the world behind art at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen itinerary planner.

Getting from Tulum to Playa del Carmen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Cancun

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Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cancun by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 31st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nightlife

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.