31 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

31 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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31 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Drive:  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, adventure, beaches, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, identify plant and animal life at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and explore the striking landscape at Santa Rosa Wall.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel journey maker app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cozumel is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Cozumel is minus 6 hours. In October, Cozumel is much warmer than Zurich - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, Xcaret Park, & more). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, and identify plant and animal life at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tulum day trip planner .

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by car takes about 2.5 hours. October in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sian Ka'an vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Tulum to Sian Ka'an with the Route module. You'll set off 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. Go for a jaunt from Bacalar to Chetumal to see Dzibanche about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, head outdoors with Estromatolitos, delve into the distant past at Pyramid of the Masks, and take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de San Felipe.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bacalar day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sian Ka'an to Bacalar. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pyramid of the Masks, Kinichna, Dzibanche
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Pyramid of the Masks ©
Pyramid of the Masks
Dzibanche ©
Dzibanche

2
nights
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
On the 17th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Calakmul Archaeological Zone and then examine the collection at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Calakmul trip planner .

Getting from Bacalar to Calakmul by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Calakmul

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul ©
Reserva de la Biosfera 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 Merida's surroundings by going to Iglesia de Eknakan (in Cuzama), Uxmal (in Uxmal) and Cenotes de Homun (in Homun). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Ruta Puuc, delve into the distant past at Kabah, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Jesus, and sample the fine beverages at Posheria Merida.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Merida trip planner .

Traveling by car from Calakmul to Merida takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. October in Merida sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Iglesia de Eknakan, Celestun Wildlife Refuge, Kabah, Uxmal
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chichen Itza: Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village), El Atrio del Convento de Izamal (in Izamal) and Valladolid (Cenote Xkeken, Casa de los Venados, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Merida to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 36°C, while at night they dip 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, Convento de San Antonio de Padua, Ecopark Xtut, Ek Balam, Cenote Yokdzonot
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Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Punta Sur). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines.

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

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Cancun sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 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 Parks

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur