21 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

21 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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21 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Campeche
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Merida
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cancun
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Newark

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Galo Art Studio. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Mayan Cacao Company and BALAM Art Painted on Feathers. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Palancar, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Black Coral Shop, and explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel trip itinerary maker .

Newark, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Cozumel reach 80°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Zona Arqueológica del Cedral ©
Zona Arqueológica del Cedral

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Paradise Beach and Mayan Beach. Popular historic sites such as Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá are in your itinerary. Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Xcaret in Playa del Carmen, about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, shop like a local with Sfer IK, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and explore the galleries of Balam Art On Feathers.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Akumal, Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
On the 25th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Calakmul Archaeological Zone and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Calakmul day trip planner.

Getting from Tulum to Calakmul by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Calakmul

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

3
nights
Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fuerte-Museo San Miguel and Zona Arquelogica Edzna. Popular historic sites such as Balamku and Sea Gate (Puerta del Mar) are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de San Jose el Alto, get engrossed in the history at Baluarte de San Carlos/Museo de la Ciudad, get to know the fascinating history of Ciudad Amurallada, and explore the world behind art at Museo Becal.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Campeche route tool .

Getting from Calakmul to Campeche by car takes about 5 hours. December in Campeche sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Campeche
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Fuerte-Museo San Miguel ©
Fuerte-Museo San Miguel
Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Balamku ©
Balamku

3
nights
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.
Museo Palacio de la Musica and Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal will appeal to museum buffs. Galeria Tataya and Galeria La Eskalera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Merida with a short trip to Uxmal in Uxmal, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of La Sala Art&Design Gallery, view the masterpieces at Nahualli Casa de los Artistas, admire the masterpieces at Museo Casa Montejo, and see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Merida online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Campeche to Merida takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Merida

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uxmal, Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal
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Museo Palacio de la Musica ©
Museo Palacio de la Musica
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Galeria Tataya ©
Galeria Tataya

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 1st (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Casa de los Venados, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, and finally delve into the distant past at Ek Balam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Cenote Hubiku, see the interesting displays at Museo de San Roque, then view the masterpieces at KUXTAL Mexico, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, and finally have fun and explore at Choco-Story Valladolid.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Valladolid itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Merida to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Merida in December since evenings lows in Valladolid dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Valladolid

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Cenote Hubiku
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Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

4
nights
Cancun

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.
Visit Playa Delfines and Playa Norte for some beach relaxation. Guadalupe Chapel and Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Iconografico de la Carrera Panamericana, explore the galleries of Galeria Balance Cancun, stop by Antaras Onix, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tortugas.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cancun trip tool .

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cancun when traveling from Valladolid in January, with lows around 66°F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Museo Subacuatico de Arte
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Museo Subacuatico de Arte ©
Museo Subacuatico de Arte
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

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