52 days in Yucatan Peninsula, Oaxaca & Mexico City Itinerary

52 days in Yucatan Peninsula, Oaxaca & Mexico City Itinerary

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Cancun
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Isla Mujeres
— 4 nights
Ferry to Punta Sam, Drive to Valladolid
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Valladolid
— 5 nights
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Tulum
— 8 nights
Drive
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Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
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Bacalar
— 3 nights
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Oaxaca
— 8 nights
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Mexico City
— 8 nights
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Cozumel
— 8 nights
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Cancun

— 6 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.
Step out of Cancun to go to Puerto Morelos and see Croco Cun Zoo, which is approximately 36 minutes away. On the 3rd (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, play a few rounds at Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Cancun is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Cancun is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Brussels in June, you will find days in Cancun are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are warmer (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Golf

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres

— 4 nights
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.
Isla Mujeres is known for beaches, wildlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative, pause for some serene contemplation at PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Valladolid.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites

Valladolid

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valladolid: Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village) and Chichen Itza (Cenote Ik kil, Plataforma de Venus, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, explore the world behind art at Casa de los Venados, tour the pleasant surroundings at Xkopek Parque Apicola, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Maya Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Valladolid trip maker site.

Getting from Isla Mujeres to Valladolid by combination of ferry and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Valladolid can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Xcaret, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote, head outdoors with Tankah, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tulum planner.

Take a shuttle from Valladolid to Tulum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Valladolid in June, with highs in Tulum at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sian Ka'an

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll through Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sian Ka'an trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tulum to Sian Ka'an. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Parks · Wildlife
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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. Take a break from Bacalar with a short trip to Zona Arqueologica de Dzibanche - Kinichna in Chetumal, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, explore the ancient world of Pyramid of the Masks, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and get a taste of life in the country at Num Ka'an Ranch.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bacalar travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sian Ka'an to Bacalar. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Oaxaca

— 8 nights
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Step out of Oaxaca to go to Tlacolula and see Mercado Tlacolula, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Etnobotanico, don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua, and admire the striking features of Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.

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Getting from Bacalar to Oaxaca by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bacalar to Oaxaca. Traveling from Bacalar in June, expect Oaxaca to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Mexico City

— 8 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: Cuernavaca (Spanish Language Institute - Day Course & Museo Morelense de Arte Popular) and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City vacation planning site.

You can fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Oaxaca in July: highs in Mexico City hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cozumel

— 8 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, find something for the whole family at Pueblo del Maiz, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Palancar Cozumel Beach Club, and visit a coastal fixture at Punta Molas Faro.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Mexico City to Cozumel by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cozumel: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.