34 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

34 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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34 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Cancun
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Uxmal
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
4
Calakmul
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
5
Mahahual
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Tulum
— 7 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
7
Isla Mujeres
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Cozumel
— 7 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Brussels

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Playa Delfines. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad. When in Cancun, make a side trip to see IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB in Playa Paraiso, approximately Playa Paraiso away. Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cancun trip itinerary builder website .

Brussels, Belgium to Cancun is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Brussels in December, expect Cancun to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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Shark Diving
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB ©
IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Chinchorro Reef and Cenote Ik kil. Get some cultural insight at Chichen Itza and La Iglesia. Change things up with these side-trips from Chichen Itza: Convento de San Antonio de Padua (in Izamal) and Homun (Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant & Cenote San Antonio). It doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Cancun in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chichen Itza, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Uxmal.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Homun, Convento de San Antonio de Padua
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Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

2
nights
Uxmal

Uxmal ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Oxkintok, then explore the ancient world of Kabah, and then explore the ancient world of Uxmal. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yaal Utzil, stroll through Cenote Kankirixche, and then head outdoors with Mirador de Muna.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uxmal online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Chichen Itza to Uxmal in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Chichen Itza in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Uxmal. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Zona Arqueologica de Oxkintok, Cenote Yaal Utzil, Mirador de Muna, Kabah, Cenote Kankirixche
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Zona Arqueologica de Oxkintok ©
Zona Arqueologica de Oxkintok
Cenote Yaal Utzil ©
Cenote Yaal Utzil

2
nights
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Calakmul Archaeological Zone and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Calakmul and then stroll through Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Calakmul trip website .

Traveling by car from Uxmal to Calakmul takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Calakmul Archaeological Zone, Calakmul
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Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone
Calakmul ©
Calakmul

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Maya Chan Beach and Spas. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Lake Bacalar will get you outdoors. Step out of Mahahual to go to Xcalak and see Fishing Charters & Tours, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: go for a stroll along the water at Costa Maya Port and stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mahahual online trip maker .

You can drive from Calakmul to Mahahual in 5 hours. In January in Mahahual, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Lake Bacalar
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Fishing Charters & Tours

7
nights
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá will appeal to history buffs. Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos and Balam Art On Feathers are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an), Aktun Chen (in Akumal) and Off-Road Tours (in Playa del Carmen). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Car Wash.

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Drive from Mahahual to Tulum in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mahahual in January, you will find days in Tulum are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Akumal, Off-Road Tours, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

4
nights
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Get a sense of the local culture at Punta Sur and PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Lancheros. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Norte, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Farito, get outside with Cancha de basquetbol centro, and raise your glass at Isla Brewing Company.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palancar Reef and Santa Rosa Wall. Do some cultural sightseeing at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Columbia Reef, tour the depths of the sea with a submarine tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Isla Mujeres to Cozumel in 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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