25 days in Yucatan Peninsula & San Cristobal de las Casas Itinerary

25 days in Yucatan Peninsula & San Cristobal de las Casas Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cancun
Drive:  2 h 15 min
1
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
5
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Campeche
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h 45 min
9
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
10
Merida
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
End: Cancun

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables, and then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chichen Itza road trip planning site.

Cancun to Chichen Itza is an approximately 2.5- hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cancun in March; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

1
night
Mahahual

Mahahual ©
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
On the 20th (Fri), look for gifts at Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, have fun at Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya, then stroll through Maya Chan Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mahahual trip maker website.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Mahahual by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Mahahual, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bacalar.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya ©
Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya
Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Spas

2
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): wander the wide-open spaces of Num Ka'an Ranch and then get outside with Estromatolitos.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bacalar day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mahahual to Bacalar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Bacalar sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for gifts at Urdido de Hamacas and then steep yourself in history at Calakmul Archaeological Zone.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Calakmul attractions app.

Traveling by car from Bacalar to Calakmul takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Calakmul

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
Highlights from your plan
Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

4
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Amate Gallery & Xcaret). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, and admire the landmark architecture of Sfer IK.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tulum trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Calakmul to Tulum in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

3
nights
Cozumel

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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and pick up some new knowledge with Discover Mexico Park Cozumel.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip planner.

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by car takes about 2.5 hours. March in Cozumel sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Spas Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel

3
nights
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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cancun online travel route planner.

Drive from Cozumel to Cancun in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

3
nights
Campeche

Campeche ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Campeche Waterfront Promenade and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zona Arquelogica Edzna. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Puerta de Tierra, get engrossed in the history at Centro Cultural "El Palacio" (Museo de Fortificaciones, Comercio y Navegación), then make a trip to Casa No. 6, and finally take a stroll through Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Campeche trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Cancun to Campeche in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Cancun in April, you will find days in Campeche are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fuerte-Museo San Miguel
Highlights from your plan
Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Fuerte-Museo San Miguel ©
Fuerte-Museo San Miguel
Puerta de Tierra ©
Puerta de Tierra

3
nights
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Chiapa de Corzo, then take in breathtaking views at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Chiapa de Corzo. On your second day here, make a trip to Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, then see the interesting displays at Templo de Santo Domingo, and then see the interesting displays at Steps in San Cristobal.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Cristobal de las Casas road trip site.

You can drive from Campeche to San Cristobal de las Casas in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Campeche to San Cristobal de las Casas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapa de Corzo
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Museo del Ambar ©
Museo del Ambar

3
nights
Merida

Merida ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Uxmal, then steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the fine beverages at Posheria Merida, then delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, and then admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Merida journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Cristobal de las Casas to Merida in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Uxmal
Highlights from your plan
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Plaza Grande ©
Plaza Grande
Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan
Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan

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