11 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

11 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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11 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Columbus
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h
1
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Merida
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun, then explore the ancient world of Adoratorio, ruinas Chac-hal-al, and then kick back and relax at La Playa Xpuha.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen road trip planner .

Columbus, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Columbus in February, expect Playa del Carmen to be warmer, temps between 80°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Adoratorio, Ruinas Chac-hal-al, La Playa Xpuha
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Cenote Chaak Tun ©
Cenote Chaak Tun
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Riviera Maya ©
Riviera Maya

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, then stroll through Mayan Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers, and finally have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, then identify plant and animal life at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, and finally Head underground at Cenotes Tamcach-Ha & Choo-Ha.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tulum trip builder app .

You can take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Shark Diving
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos ©

4
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at EcoMuseo del Cacao and Casa Museo Montes Molina. Uxmal and Museo de Arte Popular are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Merida: Mangroves of Dzinitun (in Celestun), Isla Arena (Isla del Sabalo) (in Calkini) and Grutas de Lol-Tun (in Oxkutzcab). Spend the 28th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Nahualli Casa de los Artistas, look for all kinds of wild species at Celestun Wildlife Refuge, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote X Batun, and don't miss a visit to Uxmal.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Merida online route builder .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Merida takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in February: highs in Merida hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Isla Arena (Isla del Sabalo), Celestun Wildlife Refuge, Uxmal, Grutas de Calcehtok, Hacienda Yaxcopoil
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Hacienda Yaxcopoil ©
Hacienda Yaxcopoil
Isla Arena (Isla del Sabalo) ©
Isla Arena (Isla del Sabalo)

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