60 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

60 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Cancun
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Isla Mujeres
— 5 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Fly to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 8 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
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Merida
— 6 nights
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Campeche
— 5 nights
Drive
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Calakmul
— 2 nights
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Bacalar
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mahahual
— 5 nights
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Tulum
— 13 nights
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Cancun

— 7 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.
Off-Road Tours has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Delfines and Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Puerto Morelos (Toolok kaa'n, Croco Cun Zoo, &more). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, explore the wide array of goods at Plaza Caracol, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Zona Arqueologica El Rey.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun vacation maker site.

Nashville, USA to Cancun is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Cancun is somewhat warmer than Nashville - with highs of 86°F and lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Punta Sur and Tortugranja. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Playa Norte, stop by Pau Pao Desing, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use 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, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Columbia Reef and Santa Rosa Wall. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Cielo, get outside with The Money Bar Beach Club, find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, and kick back and relax at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel holiday app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Isla Mujeres to Cozumel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. June in Cozumel sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Theme Parks

Chichen Itza

— 3 nights
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cenote Kax Ek and Iglesia de San Jose. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, contemplate the long history of Yaxuna, and explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Chichen Itza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Chichen Itza: highs are around 91°F and lows about 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Merida

— 6 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Uxmal and Paseo de Montejo. Explore Merida's surroundings by going to Yucatan Snook (in Chuburna), Convento de San Antonio de Padua (in Izamal) and Choco Story uxmal (in Uxmal). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, stop by Taller Maya, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Jesus,Tercera Orden, and make a trip to Hacienda San Pedro Ochil.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Merida tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Merida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June in Merida, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Campeche

— 5 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zona Arquelogica Edzna and Campeche Archaeological Museum, Fort San Miguel. Change things up with a short trip to Ecoturismo Ich Ha Lol Xaan in Hampolol (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Puerta de Tierra, get engrossed in the history at Centro Cultural "El Palacio" (Museo de Fortificaciones, Comercio y Navegación), make a trip to Plaza de la Independencia, and explore the world behind art at Museo Becal.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Campeche trip planner.

You can drive from Merida to Campeche in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Campeche

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calakmul

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Balamku Archaeological Zone and then stroll through Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Calakmul.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Calakmul vacation planning tool.

Drive from Campeche to Calakmul in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Calakmul

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bacalar

— 5 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Lake Bacalar. Get out of town with these interesting Bacalar side-trips: Chetumal (Dzibanche, Kinichna Zona Arqueologica, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar, delve into the distant past at Pyramid of the Masks, get a taste of life in the country at Num Ka'an Ranch, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote de la Bruja.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bacalar vacation tool.

You can drive from Calakmul to Bacalar in 4 hours. July in Bacalar sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mahahual

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Maya Chan Beach and Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya. Go for a jaunt from Mahahual to Xcalak to see Parque Nacional de Arrecifes about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Yaya Beach, stroll through Mahahual Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Banco Chinchorro.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Mahahual route planner.

Drive from Bacalar to Mahahual in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in July, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Tulum

— 13 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Skydiving. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Fernando Rodriguez, Xcaret, &more), Puerto Aventuras Marina (in Puerto Aventuras) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Tulum. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Aktun Chen.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tulum trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mahahual to Tulum takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mahahual in July, things will get a bit cooler in Tulum: highs are around 86°F and lows about 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.