19 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

19 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Cancun
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Merida
— 3 nights
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Holbox Island
— 2 nights
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Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Bus to Playa del Carmen
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Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Ferry
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Cozumel
— 1 night
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Bacalar
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
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Cancun

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 traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip itinerary maker app.

If you are flying in from Peru, the closest major aiports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. In April in Cancun, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. You'll set off for Merida on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nightlife

Merida

— 3 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.
Merida is known for historic sites, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Plaza Grande, stop by B&G Atelier, and steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Merida tour builder website.

You can fly from Cancun to Merida in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Cancun, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Merida, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Merida

Shopping · Historic Sites

Holbox Island

— 2 nights
Holbox Island is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: shop like a local with La Choza de Fito, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Mosquito, stroll through Refugio Holbox, and head off the coast to Holbox Island.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Holbox Island trip maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Merida to Holbox Island. When traveling from Merida in April, plan for slightly colder days in Holbox Island, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Holbox Island to Isla Mujeres. In April, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Cozumel

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Galo Art Studio Cozumel Art and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel travel itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cozumel are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Tulum

— 2 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tulum day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): do sightseeing your way with Private Tours and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Cocalitos and then get engrossed in the history at Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bacalar visit app.

Getting from Tulum to Bacalar by shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tulum, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Cancun.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Cancun

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica El Rey, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cancun online vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Bacalar to Cancun takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Bacalar, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cancun, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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.
Templo de Kukulkan has been added to your itinerary. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, and see the vivid underwater world at Chinchorro Reef.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chichen Itza, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cancun to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Cancun in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Chichen Itza: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.