13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Valladolid
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Merida
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Bacalar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cancun
— 2 nights
End: Cancun

1
night
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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun vacation planner .

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 4th (Mon), you're off toValladolid.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Suytun Cenote, Free Walking Tour Valladolid and Cenote Zaci. On the 4th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Cenote Zaci, Head underground at Cenote Xkeken, and then take in the local highlights with Free Walking Tour Valladolid.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Valladolid trip site .

You can drive from Cancun to Valladolid in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Cancun in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Valladolid, with lows around 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Valladolid

Nature Parks Tours
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Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Suytun Cenote ©
Suytun Cenote
Cenote Zaci ©
Cenote Zaci

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 5th (Tue), Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip itinerary app .

Drive from Valladolid to Chichen Itza in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cenote Yokdzonot, Ake's Mayan ruins
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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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.
To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Merida sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Merida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chichen Itza in November since evenings lows in Merida dip to 24°C. On the 8th (Fri), you're off toBacalar.

Things to do in Merida

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Bacalar trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Merida to Bacalar by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. November in Bacalar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll set off for Tulum on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature Parks
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, then Head underground at Gran Cenote, and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Xcaret.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tulum online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Bacalar to Tulum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Bacalar, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xcaret
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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nights
Cancun

Cancun ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Isla Mujeres Trips as well as Coco Bongo Cancun. Explore Cancun further: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres Trips
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Isla Mujeres Trips ©
Isla Mujeres Trips
Coco Bongo Cancun ©
Coco Bongo Cancun
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

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