12 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

12 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Budapest
Fly + Taxi:  15 h 45 min
1
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Budapest

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then admire the masterpieces at Galo Art Studio.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Cozumel holiday planning tool.

Budapest, Hungary to Cozumel is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Budapest in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cozumel: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Galo Art Studio ©
Galo Art Studio

3
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.
Step out of Tulum to go to Coba and see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tulum online trip maker.

You can drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Climbing Tours

2
nights
Valladolid

Valladolid ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): head outdoors with Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, and then make a trip to Convent of San Bernardino of Siena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Casa de los Venados, delve into the distant past at Ek Balam, and then Head underground at Zazil Tunich.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Valladolid visit planning website.

You can drive from Tulum to Valladolid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in May: high temperatures in Valladolid hover around 40°C and lows are around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ek Balam
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Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken

1
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.
On the 16th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables, then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, and finally delve into the distant past at La Iglesia.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chichen Itza visit planning website.

Drive from Valladolid to Chichen Itza in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

3
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.
Playa del Carmen is known for theme parks, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun, get to know the resident critters at Xaman Ha Aviary, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in May: high temperatures in Playa del Carmen hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline

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