28 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

28 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Cancun
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mahahual
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bacalar
— 3 nights
Drive
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Calakmul
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum
— 7 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 5 nights
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Cancun

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon & Punta Sur). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cancun day trip website.

New York City, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 86°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Chichen Itza

— 2 nights
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 21st (Wed): delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, then see the vivid underwater world at Chinchorro Reef, and finally explore the activities along Cenote Kax Ek.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza travel route builder tool.

Drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mahahual

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): find your balance on the water with UnderToe Mexico, then don't miss a visit to Malecon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, experience the excitement of Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya, and then relax and rejuvenate at Costa Maya Yoga.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mahahual day trip website.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Mahahual by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Mahahual sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bacalar.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Fun & Games · Parks · Beaches

Bacalar

— 3 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. Go for a jaunt from Bacalar to Chetumal to see Zona Arqueologica de Dzibanche - Kinichna about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, get a taste of life in the country at Num Ka'an Ranch, delve into the distant past at Pyramid of the Masks, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bacalar online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Mahahual to Bacalar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bacalar are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Calakmul

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Balamku Archaeological Zone and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Calakmul and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Calakmul trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Bacalar to Calakmul by car takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Sian Ka'an

— 1 night
On the 30th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sian Ka'an holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Calakmul to Sian Ka'an. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Tulum

— 7 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Museo Frida Kahlo, Xcaret, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, and see some colorful creatures with Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tulum day trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sian Ka'an to Tulum. In October, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Cozumel

— 5 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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Paseo El Cedral Reef, and tee off at Cozumel Country Club.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cozumel holiday builder website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in November, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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.