21 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

21 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula travel planner

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El Cuyo
— 2 nights
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Chichen Itza
— 1 day
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Merida
— 5 nights
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Uxmal
— 5 nights
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Campeche
— 4 nights
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Calakmul
— 2 nights
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Bacalar
— 2 nights
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El Cuyo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Cuyo and then explore the activities along Las Coloradas.

Plan a trip to El Cuyo easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Playa del Carmen to El Cuyo is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. On the 14th (Wed), you're off to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in El Cuyo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Chichen Itza

— 1 day
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the ancient world of La Iglesia, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza itinerary planning website.

You can drive from El Cuyo to Chichen Itza in 3 hours. July in Chichen Itza sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Merida

— 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Merida to Chuburna to see Yucatan Snook about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral de Merida, examine the collection at Casa Museo Montes Molina, admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo, and get a taste of life in the country at Hacienda Sotuta de Peon.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Merida vacation maker.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Merida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Merida, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uxmal.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Uxmal

— 5 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Zona Arqueologica de Sayil (in Sayil), Hacienda Yaxcopoil (in Yaxcopoil) and Maxcanu (Oxkintok & Zona Arqueologica de Oxkintok).

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uxmal road trip site.

Getting from Merida to Uxmal by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Uxmal sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Campeche.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Campeche

— 4 nights
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Get out of town with these interesting Campeche side-trips: Tohcok (in Hopelchen) and Site Maya de Dzibilnocac Dans le Yucatan (in Vicente Guerrero). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Zona Arquelogica Edzna, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Campeche, take an in-depth tour of Maya Architecture Museum, Baluarte de la Soledad, and wander the streets of Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Campeche holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Uxmal to Campeche takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Campeche are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Calakmul

— 2 nights
Calakmul is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Calakmul, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul, see the interesting displays at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul, and delve into the distant past at Balamku Archaeological Zone.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Calakmul online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Campeche to Calakmul takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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. On the 31st (Sat), explore the galleries of Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bacalar holiday planner.

Getting from Calakmul to Bacalar by car takes about 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bacalar can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle back home.

Things to do in Bacalar

Adventure · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

4.4
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.