22 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

22 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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22 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  15 h
1
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Merida
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Playa del Carmen
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: London

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Visit Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: stroll through Mayan Beach, make a trip to Plastic Flamingo, explore the fascinating underground world of Two Eyes Cenote, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum journey website.

London, UK to Tulum is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Tulum due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in March, things will get much hotter in Tulum: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, 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

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chichen Itza and Temple of the Big Tables. Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Bearded Man and Plataforma de Venus. Take a break from Chichen Itza with a short trip to Yaxuna in Piste, about 38 minutes away. It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil and explore the ancient world of La Iglesia.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in March, expect Chichen Itza to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Yaxuna
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uxmal and Merida Cathedral. Kids will appreciate attractions like Celestun and Zoological Park of Centenario ( Parque Zoologico del Centenario). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Merida: Choco Story uxmal (in Uxmal), Hacienda Chunchucmil (in Celestun) and Mirador Charcas de Sisal (in Sisal). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Kabah, admire the masterpieces at Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay, browse for treasures at Anacronia Antiguedades, and steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan.

Plan my day in Merida using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Merida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Merida, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Uxmal, Kabah, Mirador Charcas de Sisal, Hacienda Chunchucmil
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Kabah ©
Kabah
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ek Balam and Ek Balam. Kids will enjoy Cenote Xkeken and Choco-Story Valladolid. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Casa de los Venados, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Zaci, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Hubiku, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of San Bernardino of Siena.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Valladolid trip site.

Traveling by car from Merida to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Valladolid, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Valladolid

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Temozon, Ek Balam
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Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam

6
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Playa Xpuha and Riviera Maya. Kids will enjoy Xcaret and Parque Los Fundadores. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Casa Tzutuhil.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Valladolid to Playa del Carmen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valladolid in March: high temperatures in Playa del Carmen hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

La Playa Xpuha
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha

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