33 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

33 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Cozumel, Ferry to Playa del Carmen
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Playa del Carmen
— 7 nights
Bus
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Tulum
— 7 nights
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Merida
— 7 nights
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Chichen Itza
— 7 nights
Drive
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Cancun
— 2 nights
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Playa del Carmen

— 7 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Step out of Playa del Carmen with an excursion to Spas in Puerto Morelos--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen planner.

Honolulu, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Playa del Carmen is 5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Find places to stay Oct 25 — Nov 1:

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.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Museo de la Isla de Cozumel (in Cozumel), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an). Spend the 2nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tulum travel route builder website.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Tulum sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 8:

Merida

— 7 nights
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 Yucatan Snook (in Chuburna) and Uxmal (in Uxmal). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Dzibilchaltún, and admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Merida driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Tulum to Merida by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in November, expect nights in Merida to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 15:

Chichen Itza

— 7 nights
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Step out of Chichen Itza to go to Tinum and see Cenote Kax Ek, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, explore the gorgeous colors at Chinchorro Reef, and explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Merida to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chichen Itza when traveling from Merida in November, with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 22:

Cancun

— 2 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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Balance Cancun, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 70°F in Cancun. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

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Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline
A trip to Yucatan Peninsula takes visitors to the southeastern section of Mexico, an area that housed the legendary Maya civilization before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. Much of the region's population traces its origins back to this old culture, and in many of the smaller settlements residents continue to speak the Maya language in addition to Spanish. Yucatan Peninsula tourism thrives largely thanks to the popularity of Cancun, a modern resort town on the so-called "Mayan Riviera." Away from the white-sand coastline, this part of Mexico treats visitors to some of the finest examples of Mayan pyramids and temples, offering a glimpse into the continent's pre-Hispanic history.