17 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

17 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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17 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Calakmul
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Campeche
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
6
Cancun
— 3 nights
End: Dallas

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.
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Galo Art Studio capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa Palancar, look for gifts at Sergio's Silver from Taxco, and identify plant and animal life at Palancar Reef.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel online trip itinerary builder .

Dallas, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Dallas in December: high temperatures in Cozumel hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

5
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.
Visit Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Xel-Ha and Cenote Tak Be Ha. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, shop like a local with Balam Art On Feathers, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tulum road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

1
day
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
On the 5th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Calakmul Archaeological Zone and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Calakmul online road trip planner .

Getting from Tulum to Calakmul by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Calakmul

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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2
nights
Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
On the 6th (Mon), wander the streets of Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche, take an in-depth tour of Baluarte de San Carlos/Museo de la Ciudad, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Roman, then explore the ancient world of Balamku, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Campeche. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Zona Arquelogica Edzna, then see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de San Jose el Alto, and then see the interesting displays at Fuerte-Museo San Miguel.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Campeche trip planner.

You can drive from Calakmul to Campeche in 5 hours. January in Campeche sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Campeche
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Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Balamku ©
Balamku
Fuerte-Museo San Miguel ©
Fuerte-Museo San Miguel

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, admire the masterpieces at Casa de los Venados, then get engrossed in the history at Choco-Story Valladolid, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, Head underground at Cenote Hubiku, then explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip planner .

You can drive from Campeche to Chichen Itza in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Campeche in January, Chichen Itza is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Valladolid, Cenote Hubiku
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados

3
nights
Cancun

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Isla Shopping Village and Museo Iconografico de la Carrera Panamericana. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Delfines and Swim with Dolphins. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun online route builder .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Cancun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Cancun, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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