13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Ferry
1
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Bus to Playa del Carmen
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Akumal
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tulum
— 1 night
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
5
Cozumel
— 1 night
Fly
6
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Chichen Itza
Drive

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Isla Mujeres

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, then look for gifts at Pau Pao Desing, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Norte. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres trip planner.

Cancun to Isla Mujeres is an approximately 1-hour ferry ride. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Isla Mujeres sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Playa del Carmen

— 2 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Xcaret has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Wed), get in on the family fun at Xcaret and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): tee off at El Camaleon Golf Course and then stroll around Parque Los Fundadores.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. August in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Akumal.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Akumal

— 2 nights
The heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, small but busy beach town of Akumal represents one of the world's premier diving locations.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Yal-ku Lagoon, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Lamanai, and then stroll through Akumal Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Akumal using our trip planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Akumal by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. August in Akumal sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Akumal

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Tulum

— 1 night
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 (Sun): explore the activities along Gran Cenote and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tulum road trip planner.

Tulum is just a short distance from Akumal. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 27:

Cozumel

— 1 night
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.
On the 28th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Palancar Cozumel Beach Club.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip planning website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Cozumel sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Cancun

— 3 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.
Coco Bongo Cancun has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip planner.

You can fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nightlife
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:

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 1st (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:
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Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

4.4
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.