11 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

11 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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11 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
4
Merida
— 1 night
5
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Montreal

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the gorgeous colors at Santa Rosa Wall. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel itinerary builder tool .

Montreal, Canada to Cozumel is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in August, with highs in Cozumel at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

4
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park & Quinta Avenida). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 18th (Sun) at Xel-Ha. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, and look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum online trip maker .

Drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): make a trip to Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip maker site .

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in August: high temperatures in Chichen Itza hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenote Yokdzonot, Dzibichaltun
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

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Merida

Merida ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Mayapan Mayan Ruins and then don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Merida trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Merida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Merida, with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites
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Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc

3
nights
Cancun

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.
Spend the 25th (Sun) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and find something for the whole family at Selvatica.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Merida to Cancun by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Merida in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cancun: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

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Selvatica ©
Selvatica
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

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