31 days in Cuernavaca, Quintana Roo & Yucatan Itinerary

31 days in Cuernavaca, Quintana Roo & Yucatan Itinerary

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Cuernavaca
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tulum
— 7 nights
Shuttle
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Valladolid
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive
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Mahahual
— 2 nights
Fly to Cancun, Ferry to Isla Mujeres
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Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Cancun
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cozumel
— 6 nights
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Cuernavaca

— 4 nights
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Prisca de Taxco and Zona Arqueologica de Yautepec. For shopping fun, head to Plaza Atlixco or Museo Morelense de Arte Contemporaneo Juan Soriano. Change things up with these side-trips from Cuernavaca: Zona Arqueologica Coatetelco (in Coatetelco), Buceo en Las Estacas (in Tlaltizapan) and Zocalo (in Taxco). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Xochicalco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Asencion (Catedral de la Asuncion), and get engrossed in the history at Robert Brady Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuernavaca trip itinerary tool.

Mexico City to Cuernavaca is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cuernavaca: highs are around 31°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Tulum.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Tulum

— 7 nights
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Beach and Parque Los Fundadores. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Puerto Aventuras (Ecopark Kantun Chi & Scuba & Snorkeling), Playa del Carmen (Skydiving & Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen) and La Playa Xpuha (in Xpu-Ha). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Cuernavaca to Tulum takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuernavaca to Tulum, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cuernavaca in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Tulum. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Valladolid.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 25:

Valladolid

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ek Balam and Convent of San Bernardino of Siena. Get a sense of the local culture at Chichen Itza and Casa de los Venados. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Zaci, don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal, Head underground at Cenote Xkeken, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De San Servacio.

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You can take a shuttle from Tulum to Valladolid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Valladolid when traveling from Tulum in December, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bacalar.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Bacalar

— 1 night
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

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Traveling by car from Valladolid to Bacalar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in December, Bacalar is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Bacalar

Adventure · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Mahahual

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then catch some excitement at Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mahahual and then kick back and relax at Maya Chan Beach.

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Traveling by car from Bacalar to Mahahual takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mahahual are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, then stop by Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Guadalupe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Punta Sur and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Mahahual to Isla Mujeres by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mahahual in December: highs in Isla Mujeres hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Cancun

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Isla Shopping Village and Galeria Balance Cancun. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Zipline (in Puerto Morelos) and IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB (in Playa Paraiso). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, shop like a local with Kukulcan Plaza, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Playa Delfines.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from Isla Mujeres to Cancun takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Cancun are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

Cozumel

— 6 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Santa Rosa Wall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palancar Reef and Chankanaab Reef. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Sergio's Silver from Taxco.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cozumel holiday maker website.

Fly from Cancun to Cozumel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:

Quintana Roo travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Theme Parks
One of Mexico's 31 states, Quintana Roo features a long Caribbean shoreline dotted with numerous modern tourist resorts, as well as small settlements preserving their traditional way of life and resisting the pitfalls of mass tourism. Cancun remains one of the most popular places to visit in Quintana Roo, but this area also boasts many less-crowded destinations made for vacationers seeking a bit of tranquility and lots of sunshine. The state also encompasses several islands, sheltering a varied native wildlife and serving as cozy retreats for anyone wishing to spend their Quintana Roo vacation fishing, diving, snorkeling, and basking on pristine sands.

Yucatan travel guide

4.6
Ruins · Geologic Formations · Architectural Buildings
A trip to Yucatan reveals a place that caters to the more tranquil of travelers interested in seeing Mexico away from big crowds and modern resorts. A good alternative for anyone disinclined to visit Cancun or Cabo San Lucas, this part of the country boasts numerous historical and natural attractions, including pristine mangrove forests, quaint colonial-era towns, and a string of unspoiled beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Most visitors begin their tour of Yucatan in Merida, the under-the-radar state capital considered one of Mexico's safest and architecturally significant cities. From there, you're just a drive away from hundreds of Mayan ruins, proof that organized humans lived here as long ago as 800 BCE.