16 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

16 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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16 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  29​h
1
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cozumel
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  30​h
End: Kathmandu

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. We've included these beaches for you: Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling & Little Bali) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower, admire the striking features of Sfer IK, and take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum road trip tool .

Kathmandu, Nepal to Tulum is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Nepal Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 10 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kathmandu in December: highs in Tulum hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Ek Balam
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

1
night
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
On the 9th (Mon), stroll through Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

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Explore your travel options from Tulum to Sian Ka'an with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

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

1
night
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
On the 10th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Calakmul Archaeological Zone and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Calakmul trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Sian Ka'an to Calakmul with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Calakmul

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

1
day
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.
On the 11th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at La Iglesia.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Calakmul to Chichen Itza in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Isla Shopping Village and Antaras Onix. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Balance Cancun.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Cancun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chichen Itza in December since evenings lows in Cancun dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 15th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then play a few rounds at Cozumel Country Club. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Galo Art Studio, then learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then examine the collection at The Mayan Cacao Company, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Cozumel journey website .

You can drive from Cancun to Cozumel in 3 hours. December in Cozumel sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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