22 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

22 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Tulum
— 3 nights
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Coba
— 1 day
Drive
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Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akumal
— 1 day
Drive
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Bacalar
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Valladolid
— 1 day
Drive
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Rio Lagartos
Drive
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Tulum
— 3 nights
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Drive to Cozumel International Airport, Fly to Cancún International Airport, Drive to Holbox Island
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Holbox Island
— 2 nights
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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.
Mezzanine has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cenotes Sac Actun and Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Llorona and Tulum Bazaar. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Playa Pescadores, and delve into the distant past at Las Pinturas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum online trip builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Tulum is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in January; daily highs in Tulum reach 78°F and lows reach 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Coba.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Coba

— 1 day
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá has been added to your itinerary. On the 5th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and then admire the striking features of Sfer Ik Tulum.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Coba trip builder site.

You can drive from Tulum to Coba in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Coba, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Coba

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Tulum

— 2 nights
To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tulum road trip website.

You can drive from Coba to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Coba in January, with highs in Tulum at 78°F and lows at 66°F. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Akumal.

Things to do in Tulum

Spas · Shopping · Museums

Akumal

— 1 day
The heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, small but busy beach town of Akumal represents one of the world's premier diving locations.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Akumal Bay Dive Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Centro Ecologico Akumal, and then browse for treasures at Mexicarte.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Akumal trip planner.

Akumal is very close to Tulum. In January, daytime highs in Akumal are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Akumal

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Tulum

— 4 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Beach and Gran Cenote. Explore Tulum further: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Muyil, and Head underground at Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary builder.

Tulum is just a short distance from Akumal. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, relax and rejuvenate at Masajes Txape, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote de la Bruja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, then get outside with Estromatolitos, and then take an in-depth tour of Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bacalar tour planner.

Take a shuttle from Tulum to Bacalar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tulum in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bacalar, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Tulum

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mezzanine. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the gorgeous colors at Two Eyes Cenote, then stop by Mixik, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Mezzanine.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tulum road trip planning website.

Traveling by shuttle from Bacalar to Tulum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bacalar in January, you will find days in Tulum are slightly colder (78°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife · Parks · Nightlife · Shopping

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Temple of the Bearded Man as well as Templo de Kukulkan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, then explore the ancient world of Templo de Kukulkan, and finally explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tulum in January since evenings lows in Chichen Itza dip to 72°F. You'll set off for Valladolid on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites

Valladolid

— 1 day

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 16th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of San Bernardino of Siena and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Valladolid online tour builder.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Valladolid in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Valladolid, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Rio Lagartos

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio Lagartos trip maker website.

Getting from Valladolid to Rio Lagartos by car takes about 1.5 hours. You will leave for Tulum on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Tulum

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mezzanine. Tulum Tower and Balam Art On Feathers are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Parque De Cenotes Yax-Muul. See some other sides of Tulum: look for gifts at Mixik.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum tour planning site.

You can drive from Rio Lagartos to Tulum in 3 hours. You will leave for Holbox Island on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Holbox Island

— 2 nights
You've now added Spas to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Agua Spa & Yoga Center by Casa Las Tortugas, head off the coast to Holbox Island, then get a taste of the local shopping with La Choza de Fito, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally stop by Papa Rana Holbox Logo Shop.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Holbox Island tour itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tulum to Holbox Island. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Spas · Parks · Shopping · Nature

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.