15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Cancun
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rio Lagartos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Merida
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Calakmul
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Sian Ka'an
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
11
Cozumel
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h
End: San Francisco

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cancun travel route builder app .

San Francisco, USA to Cancun is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Cancun, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect Cancun to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Kids will enjoy Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gran Cenote and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and make a trip to Plastic Flamingo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Tulum, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Gran Cenote ©
Gran Cenote

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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 13th (Tue): Head underground at Cenote Saamal and then delve into the distant past at Ek Balam. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, identify plant and animal life at Xkopek Parque Apicola, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Agua Dulce.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Valladolid route builder site .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Valladolid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, Valladolid is somewhat warmer than Tulum - with highs of 92°F and lows of 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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night
Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parque Natural Ria Lagartos and then identify plant and animal life at Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio Lagartos trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Valladolid to Rio Lagartos in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac ©
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos ©
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos

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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.
To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rio Lagartos to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. August in Chichen Itza sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 79°F at night. You'll set off for Merida on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Celestun, admire the masterpieces at Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay, and then examine the collection at Casa Museo Montes Molina.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Merida trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Merida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 74°F in Merida. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Merida

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Celestun ©
Celestun
Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay ©
Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay
Casa Museo Montes Molina ©
Casa Museo Montes Molina

2
nights
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
On the 18th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul and then explore and take pictures at Calakmul Archaeological Zone. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Calakmul vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Merida to Calakmul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Calakmul

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul ©
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul
Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

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night
Mahahual

A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
On the 20th (Tue), stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach.

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Traveling by car from Calakmul to Mahahual takes 5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mahahual are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry ©
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry

2
nights
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sian Ka'an trip maker site .

Explore your travel options from Mahahual to Sian Ka'an with the Route module. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off toPlaya del Carmen.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Parks Wildlife
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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a splash at Xcaret Park, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, and then view the masterpieces at Sun Jaguar.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Sian Ka'an to Playa del Carmen with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Shopping Museums
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Sun Jaguar ©
Sun Jaguar
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and then experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Cozumel trip planner.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Historic Sites
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San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©

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