29 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

29 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula trip planner

Make it your trip
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Cozumel
— 6 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 8 nights
Drive
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Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
Drive
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Mahahual
— 4 nights
Drive
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Valladolid
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cancun
— 5 nights
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Cozumel

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Palancar Cozumel Beach Club. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, view the masterpieces at Galo Art Studio Cozumel Art, and delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cozumel online trip itinerary builder.

San Francisco, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect Cozumel to be a bit warmer, temps between 81°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Tulum

— 8 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Xcaret and Quinta Avenida. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: EcoRanchoMayamar (in Akumal), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playacar Golf Club (in Playa del Carmen). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum trip maker app.

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 November, daytime highs in Tulum are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sian Ka'an

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sian Ka'an day trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tulum to Sian Ka'an. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Wildlife · Parks
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Mahahual

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Maya Chan Beach and Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Mahahual to Bacalar to see Lake Bacalar about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: find your balance on the water with UnderToe Mexico, stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, cool off at Maya, Lost Mayan Kingdom, and soothe aching muscles at Costa Maya Yoga.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mahahual tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Sian Ka'an to Mahahual with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in December, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Valladolid

— 4 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Zazil Tunich and Xkopek Parque Apicola. Venture out of the city with trips to Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus, Chichen Itza, &more) and Ek Balam Village (X'Canche Cenote & Ek Balam). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, examine the collection at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem, get a taste of the local shopping with Casa de los Venados, and don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Valladolid sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Mahahual to Valladolid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Valladolid when traveling from Mahahual in December, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Attractions like La Isla Shopping Village and Moon Palace Golf Course make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Mujeres (Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon & Punta Sur). And it doesn't end there: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and hunt for treasures at Mercado 28.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cancun online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cancun, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Golf · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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.