18 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

18 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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18 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Metzingen
Drive + Fly:  20​h
1
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
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
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, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Cozumel Pearl Farm, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cozumel trip planning tool .

Metzingen, Germany to Cozumel is an approximately 20-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Metzingen to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Metzingen in September, expect nights in Cozumel to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, get a taste of the local shopping with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, and stop by Kaahal Home Tulum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Tulum road trip planning website .

Drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In October in Tulum, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 get a taste of life in the country at Num Ka'an Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bacalar online travel planner .

Getting from Tulum to Bacalar by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Tulum in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bacalar, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then explore the ancient world of Calakmul Archaeological Zone.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Calakmul online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Bacalar to Calakmul by car takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can 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 ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

1
night
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sian Ka'an trip simple and quick.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Calakmul to Sian Ka'an. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough 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.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza tour itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Sian Ka'an to Chichen Itza with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, and explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read 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. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 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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