31 days in Cancun & Yucatan Itinerary

31 days in Cancun & Yucatan Itinerary

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31 days in Cancun & Yucatan Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Valladolid
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rio Lagartos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Merida
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Uxmal
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Cancun

11
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Puerto Aventuras), Croco Cun Zoo (in Puerto Morelos) and Isla Mujeres (Guadalupe Chapel & Isla Brewing Company). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun, and browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cancun trip planner.

Guadalajara to Cancun is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Guadalajara in December, expect nights in Cancun to be much warmer, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Scuba & Snorkeling, Croco Cun Zoo
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Casa de los Venados and Zazil Tunich. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valladolid: Ek Balam Village (Ek Balam & X'Canche Cenote), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza, The Ossuary, & more). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ek Balam, stroll through Xkopek Parque Apicola, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Palomitas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Valladolid attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Valladolid, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam Village, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Ek Balam
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

3
nights
Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos ©
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Natural Ria Lagartos and Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac. Go for a jaunt from Rio Lagartos to Tizimin to see Santuario de los Santos Reyes about 48 minutes away.

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Traveling by car from Valladolid to Rio Lagartos takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santuario de los Santos Reyes
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Parque Natural Ria Lagartos ©
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos
Photography Tours
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac ©
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac

7
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paseo de Montejo and Merida Cathedral. Take a break from Merida with a short trip to Mangroves of Dzinitun in Celestun, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: get a taste of life in the country at Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, make a trip to Palacio Municipal, admire the striking features of Plaza Grande, and steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan.

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Traveling by car from Rio Lagartos to Merida takes 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uxmal.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mangroves of Dzinitun
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Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon ©
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc

3
nights
Uxmal

Uxmal ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Uxmal and Zona Arqueologica de Oxkintok. Explore Uxmal's surroundings by going to Cenote Yaal Utzil (in Abala), Grutas de Calcehtok (in Calcehtok) and Cenote Kankirixche (in Mucuyche).

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Uxmal vacation planning tool .

Getting from Merida to Uxmal by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maxcanu, Cenote Kankirixche, Kabah, Cenote Yaal Utzil, Grutas de Calcehtok
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Kabah ©
Kabah
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Zona Arqueologica de Oxkintok ©
Zona Arqueologica de Oxkintok

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