15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Cancun
— Few hours
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Tulum
— 3 nights
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Valladolid
— 2 nights
4
Rio Lagartos
— 1 night
5
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Merida
— 1 night
7
Calakmul
— 2 nights
8
Mahahual
— 1 night
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Sian Ka'an
— 2 nights
10
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
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Cozumel
— 1 day

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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): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cancun holiday maker app.

San Francisco, USA to Cancun is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Cancun reach 89°F and lows reach 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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Parasailing & Paragliding

3
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Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Paradise Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Gran Cenote and Art Gallery Miniature. Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, stop by La Llorona, kick back and relax at Akumal Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tulum trip builder tool.

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Tulum sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): Head underground at Cenote Saamal and then steep yourself in history at Ek Balam. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem, tour the pleasant surroundings at Xkopek Parque Apicola, and then explore the activities along Cenote Agua Dulce.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Valladolid trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tulum to Valladolid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in August, things will get a bit warmer in Valladolid: highs are around 92°F and lows about 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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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Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Parque Natural Ria Lagartos and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio Lagartos tour planner.

You can drive from Valladolid to Rio Lagartos in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Wildlife · Parks · 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, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Rio Lagartos to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. On the 17th (Sat), you're off to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 17th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Celestun, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay, and then examine the collection at Casa Museo Montes Molina.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Merida vacation app.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Merida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Merida when traveling from Chichen Itza in August, with lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Merida

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Celestun
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Casa Museo Montes Molina ©
Casa Museo Montes Molina
Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay ©
Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay

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nights
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
On the 18th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul and then delve into the distant past at Calakmul. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Calakmul road trip website.

You can drive from Merida to Calakmul in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Calakmul

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calakmul
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Calakmul ©
Calakmul
Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul ©
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul ©
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul

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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), look for gifts at Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach.

Plan trip to Mahahual with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Calakmul to Mahahual in 5.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry ©
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry

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Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sian Ka'an journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mahahual to Sian Ka'an. You'll set off for Playa del Carmen on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get in on the family fun at Xcaret, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, and then view the masterpieces at Sol Jaguar.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen planner.

Explore your travel options from Sian Ka'an to Playa del Carmen with the Route module. In August in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Sol Jaguar ©
Sol Jaguar
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen ©
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): explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and then experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cozumel sightseeing planner.

Traveling by ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 1.5 hours. August in Cozumel sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Historic Sites
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San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site

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