15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
bus + Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Merida
— 3 nights
4
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Coba
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Ek Balam and Ek Balam are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site & Gran Cenote). Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Xcaret Park, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and look for gifts at Vidrio Soplado Mexicano.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen attractions planning website .

New York City, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Playa del Carmen hover around 81°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Historic Sites Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tulum, Ek Balam, Ek Balam
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam

1
night
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
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 (Wed), raise your glass at Isla Brewing Company, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel, don't miss a visit to Women's Beading Cooperative, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, and finally see the interesting displays at Captain Dulche's Museum.

Make your Isla Mujeres itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Playa del Carmen to Isla Mujeres in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in November, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Guadalupe Chapel ©
Guadalupe Chapel
Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon ©
Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Uxmal and Merida Cathedral. Visit Convento de San Antonio de Padua and Mayapan Mayan Ruins for their historical value. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Merida, steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, and make a trip to Ruta Puuc.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Merida trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Isla Mujeres to Merida in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. November in Merida sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Uxmal, Convento de San Antonio de Padua
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

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.
You've now added Mayan Route (La Ruta Maya) to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Route (La Ruta Maya), and finally explore the ancient world of La Iglesia. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun, then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Jose.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Merida to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chichen Itza, with lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Coba.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Iglesia de San Jose
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Iglesia de San Jose ©
Iglesia de San Jose
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

1
night
Coba

Coba ©
On the 26th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Multum Ha Cenote, explore the ancient world of Nohoch Mul, and then delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Coba trip maker .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Coba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Coba, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Coba

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nohoch Mul
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Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Multum Ha Cenote ©
Multum Ha Cenote
Nohoch Mul ©
Nohoch Mul

3
nights
Cozumel

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.
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palancar Reef and Galo Art Studio. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Santa Rosa Wall, get outside with Paradise Beach Cozumel, get interesting insight from Tours, and partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cozumel road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Coba to Cozumel takes 3 hours. Traveling from Coba in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cozumel, with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Zona Arqueológica del Cedral ©
Zona Arqueológica del Cedral

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