21 days in Yucatan & Quintana Roo Itinerary

21 days in Yucatan & Quintana Roo Itinerary

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21 days in Yucatan & Quintana Roo Itinerary

Start: Tuxtla Gutierrez
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Uxmal
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Merida
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ek Balam Village
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bacalar
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
6
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
9
Isla Contoy
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h 15​min
10
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Tuxtla Gutierrez


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Uxmal

Uxmal ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Uxmal.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Uxmal road trip planning site .

Tuxtla Gutierrez to Uxmal is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Uxmal is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal

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Merida

Merida ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paseo de Montejo and Plaza Grande. Change things up with these side-trips from Merida: Calkini (Isla Arena (Isla del Sabalo) & Wotoch Aayin). Next up on the itinerary: wander the wide-open spaces of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, explore the activities along Cenote Xlacah, contemplate the long history of Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, and explore the world behind art at Museo Casa Montejo.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Merida trip planner .

Drive from Uxmal to Merida in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Merida are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Calkini
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Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon ©
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon
Museo Casa Montejo ©
Museo Casa Montejo

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Ek Balam Village

Ek Balam Village
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): Head underground at Cenote Hubiku, explore the ancient world of Ek Balam, and then contemplate the long history of Ek Balam.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Ek Balam Village online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Merida to Ek Balam Village in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Merida in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ek Balam Village, with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trip

Temozon
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam
Cenote Hubiku ©
Cenote Hubiku

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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 22nd (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maya Chan Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mahahual Beach, and finally stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mahahual road trip site .

You can drive from Ek Balam Village to Mahahual in 4 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Mahahual when traveling from Ek Balam Village in November, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bacalar.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mahahual Beach ©
Mahahual Beach
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry ©
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry

1
night
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, and then get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe.

Before you visit Bacalar, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Mahahual to Bacalar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Bacalar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cenotes Sac Actun. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Aktun Chen (in Akumal) and Playa del Carmen (Off-Road Tours, Little Bali, & more). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and explore the galleries of Balam Art On Feathers.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Tulum trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Bacalar to Tulum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bacalar in November, you will find days in Tulum are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Aktun Chen
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours
Off-Road Tours

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palancar Reef and Spas. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall, look and learn at Planetario de Cozumel Cha'an Ka'an, learn something new at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, and find something for the whole family at Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel attractions site .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In November in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Theme Parks
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Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
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 2nd (Mon), observe the fascinating underwater world at Tortugranja, explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Isla Mujeres trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cozumel to Isla Mujeres in 4 hours. In December in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla Contoy.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Tortugranja ©
Tortugranja
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Isla Contoy

Isla Contoy ©
On the 3rd (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Contoy Adventures.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla Contoy sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isla Mujeres to Isla Contoy. In December in Isla Contoy, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Contoy

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Contoy Adventures ©
Contoy Adventures

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Playa Delfines. Venture out of the city with trips to Puerto Morelos (Croco Cun Zoo & National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun, look for gifts at PLAZA PARTY, get in on the family fun at Xoximilco Cancun by Xcaret, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Cancun trip itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isla Contoy to Cancun. In December, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Morelos
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Shark Diving
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Spas

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