18 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

18 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Metzingen
Drive + Fly:  20 h
1
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
3
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  18 h 45 min
End: Metzingen

4
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Santa Rosa Wall, explore the striking landscape at Palancar Reef, and get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel route planner.

Metzingen, Germany to Cozumel is an approximately 20- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. While traveling from Metzingen, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cozumel, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Miniature, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Tulum online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. October in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Zipline

2
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. On the 6th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Ciudad, then head outdoors with Estromatolitos, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Num Ka'an Ranch. Here are some ideas for day two: find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bacalar trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Bacalar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Tulum, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Museo de la Ciudad
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Museo de la Ciudad ©
Museo de la Ciudad

1
night
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
On the 8th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then explore the ancient world of Calakmul Archaeological Zone.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Calakmul day trip app.

You can drive from Bacalar to Calakmul in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sian Ka'an.

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

1
night
Sian Ka'an

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

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sian Ka'an route site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Calakmul to Sian Ka'an. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

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

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Sian Ka'an to Chichen Itza with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenote Yokdzonot, Dzibichaltun
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cancun holiday builder website.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Cancun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cancun are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

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