19 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

19 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula trip itinerary planner

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Cancun
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Bus to Playa del Carmen
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Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive
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Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izamal
— 1 night
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Holbox Island
— 1 night
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Cancun
— 1 night
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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 12th (Mon), browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica El Rey, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun online trip itinerary builder.

Venice, Italy to Cancun is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Cancun is minus 6 hours. While traveling from Venice, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cancun, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the ferry ride to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Isla Mujeres

— 1 night
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 14th (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Isla Brewing Company and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Guadalupe.

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Getting from Cancun to Isla Mujeres by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Outdoors

Playa del Carmen

— 3 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Spend the 17th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. April in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, then explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and finally get outside with Playa Azul.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 1.5 hours. In April in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

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.
Step out of Tulum to go to Coba and see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by combination of ferry and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bacalar

— 1 night
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. On the 24th (Sat), get a taste of life in the country at Num Ka'an Ranch and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bacalar travel route builder app.

Take a shuttle from Tulum to Bacalar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tulum, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, then don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, and then make a trip to Palacio Municipal. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ek Balam and then Head underground at Zazil Tunich.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Valladolid trip builder app.

Getting from Bacalar to Valladolid by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April in Valladolid, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Izamal.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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. On the 27th (Tue), look for gifts at Hecho a Mano, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Izamal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de San Antonio de Padua.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Izamal trip planning app.

You can drive from Valladolid to Izamal in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Valladolid in April, expect nights in Izamal to be a bit cooler, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Izamal

Historic Sites · Shopping

Holbox Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Mosquito, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then browse the exhibits of La Choza de Fito, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Holbox.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Holbox Island trip itinerary builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Izamal to Holbox Island. Traveling from Izamal in April, expect nights in Holbox Island to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. On the 29th (Thu), you're off to Cancun.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Cancun

— 1 night
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad and then don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary maker site.

Explore your travel options from Holbox Island to Cancun with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Historic Sites

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.