16 days in Yucatan Itinerary

16 days in Yucatan Itinerary

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16 days in Yucatan Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Merida
— 5 nights
2
Valladolid
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rio Lagartos
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Albuquerque

5
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 Merida's surroundings by going to El Atrio del Convento de Izamal (in Izamal), Cenote Yokdzonot (in Yokdzonot) and Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza & Plataforma de Venus). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Uxmal, admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo, get a taste of life in the country at Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, and examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Merida online trip maker .

Albuquerque, USA to Merida is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, expect Merida to be warmer, temps between 88°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Cenote Yokdzonot, Convento de San Antonio de Padua, Iglesia de Eknakan
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc

5
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.
Valladolid is known for nature, historic sites, museums, outdoors, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Cenote Xkeken, look for all kinds of wild species at Xkopek Parque Apicola, head outdoors with Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Samula.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Valladolid online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Merida to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 75°F in Valladolid. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados

4
nights
Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio Lagartos: Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village), Ek Balam (in Temozon) and Cenote Ik kil (in Chichen Itza).

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rio Lagartos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Rio Lagartos takes 1.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cenote Ik kil, Ek Balam, Ek Balam, Santuario de los Santos Reyes
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam

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