15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
2
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Calakmul
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
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.
Head to La Isla Shopping Village and Plaza Las Americasfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Punta Sur and Museo Iconografico de la Carrera Panamericana. Go for a jaunt from Cancun to Isla Mujeres to see Playa Norte about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 3rd (Mon) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Delfines and tee off at Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Cancun online trip builder .

Los Angeles, USA to Cancun is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in February: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 81°F and lows are around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

2
nights
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 6th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, then explore the world behind art at Casa de los Venados, then have fun and explore at Choco-Story Valladolid, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Hubiku, then explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Chichen Itza online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer than Cancun - with highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Valladolid, Cenote Hubiku
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados

1
day
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Calakmul Archaeological Zone and then examine the collection at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Calakmul online trip builder .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Calakmul in 7.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and Tulum Archaeological Site. MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Tulum Art Club are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Tulum to Sian Ka'an to see Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve about 1h 40 min away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 10th (Mon) at Xel-Ha. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Paradise Beach, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tulum trip planner .

Traveling by car from Calakmul to Tulum takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In February, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

3
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Galo Art Studio or Sergio's Silver from Taxco. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Cozumel Pearl Farm will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Palancar, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, and examine the collection at The Mayan Cacao Company.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel road trip site .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In February in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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