19 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

19 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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19 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  17 h
1
Cancun
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Mahahual
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Cozumel
— 5 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Bucharest

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Punta Sur and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Captain Dulche's Museum and Guadalupe Chapel. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Puerto Morelos (National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos & Spas) and Galeria de Arte Mexicano (in Isla Mujeres). Next up on the itinerary: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, examine the collection at Cancun Wax Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cancun trip itinerary planning app .

Bucharest, Romania to Cancun is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Bucharest in December, expect Cancun to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos
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Shark Diving
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

2
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.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Casa de los Venados, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, then explore the ancient world of Ek Balam, and finally make a trip to Plaza e Parque Francisco Canton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Cenote Hubiku, see the interesting displays at Museo de San Roque, and then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Valladolid tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Valladolid

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Temple of the Big Tables, Ek Balam, Cenote Hubiku
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Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Hubiku ©
Cenote Hubiku

2
nights
Mahahual

Mahahual ©
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mahahual Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): look for gifts at Zona de Buceo and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mahahual trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Valladolid to Mahahual in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in December, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Mahahual. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mahahual Beach ©
Mahahual Beach

4
nights
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Climbing Tours. Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Gran Cenote. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Playa del Carmen (La 5ta Hacienda, Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, & more). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun and get a taste of the local shopping with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tulum road trip planner .

Drive from Mahahual to Tulum in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mahahual in December, expect nights in Tulum to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Diving
Climbing Tours

5
nights
Cozumel

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Palancar Reef and Fishing Charters & Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Mayan Cacao Company and BALAM Art Painted on Feathers. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef, look for gifts at Diamonds International, head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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