31 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

31 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Zurich
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Cozumel
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Ferry + Bus:  2 h 30 min
2
Tulum
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Sian Ka'an
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Bacalar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Calakmul
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Merida
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Cancun
— 6 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Zurich

4
nights
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, learn something new at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, and put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cozumel is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Zurich in October, with highs in Cozumel at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tulum road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Cozumel to Tulum in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tulum are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 11:
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stroll through Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sian Ka'an travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tulum to Sian Ka'an. You will leave for Bacalar on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Wildlife Parks
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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

3
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Take a break from Bacalar with a short trip to Dzibanche in Chetumal, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, get outside with Estromatolitos, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and explore the ancient world of Kinichna.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bacalar online road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Sian Ka'an to Bacalar with the Route module. In October in Bacalar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Dzibanche, Kinichna, Pyramid of the Masks
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Pyramid of the Masks ©
Pyramid of the Masks

2
nights
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
On the 17th (Thu), stroll through Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Calakmul and then examine the collection at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Calakmul itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Bacalar to Calakmul in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Calakmul

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calakmul
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul ©
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul
Calakmul ©
Calakmul
Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul ©

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Merida: Iglesia de Eknakan (in Cuzama) and Uxmal (in Uxmal). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc, stop by B&G Atelier, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Jesus, and admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Merida tour website.

Getting from Calakmul to Merida by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Merida can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Iglesia de Eknakan, Celestun Wildlife Refuge, Kabah, Uxmal
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Kabah ©
Kabah

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chichen Itza: Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village), Convento de San Antonio de Padua (in Izamal) and Valladolid (Cenote Xkeken, Casa de los Venados, &more). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, walk around Ecopark Xtut, and Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Merida to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valladolid, Cenote Yokdzonot, Ek Balam, Convento de San Antonio de Padua, Ecopark Xtut
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
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Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Punta Sur). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Cancun, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur