20 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

20 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula trip itinerary maker

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Fly
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Merida
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
5
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly
6
Cancun
— 3 nights
Ferry
7
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Fly to Amsterdam

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Merida

— 2 nights
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Uxmal and Cathedral de Merida. Step out of Merida to go to Chuburna and see Yucatan Snook, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, make a trip to Ruta Puuc, admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo, and delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Merida tour itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Merida is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, things will get much warmer in Merida: highs are around 36°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

Valladolid

— 2 nights

Sultana of the East

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 (Thu), delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and finally make a trip to Palacio Municipal. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Zaci, delve into the distant past at Ek Balam, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of San Bernardino of Siena.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Valladolid trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Merida to Valladolid by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in November, Valladolid is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Mahahual

— 1 night
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 (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Maya Chan Beach, and then catch some excitement at Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahahual online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Mahahual takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in November, Mahahual is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:

Tulum

— 5 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Cenote Azul. Venture out of the city with trips to Yal-ku Lagoon (in Akumal), Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an) and Playa del Carmen (Xenses Park by Xcaret, Xcaret, &more). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, and Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tulum attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Mahahual to Tulum takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Mahahual, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:

Cozumel

— 4 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Columbia Reef and Spas. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall, head outdoors with The Money Bar Beach Club, contemplate the long history of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, and explore the striking landscape at Palancar Reef.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip tool.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

Cancun

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB and Mayan Museum of Cancun. The adventure continues: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Golf · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Isla Mujeres

— 2 nights
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
On the 10th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Isla Mujeres trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Isla Mujeres sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

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Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline
A trip to Yucatan Peninsula takes visitors to the southeastern section of Mexico, an area that housed the legendary Maya civilization before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. Much of the region's population traces its origins back to this old culture, and in many of the smaller settlements residents continue to speak the Maya language in addition to Spanish. Yucatan Peninsula tourism thrives largely thanks to the popularity of Cancun, a modern resort town on the so-called "Mayan Riviera." Away from the white-sand coastline, this part of Mexico treats visitors to some of the finest examples of Mayan pyramids and temples, offering a glimpse into the continent's pre-Hispanic history.