49 days in Yucatan Peninsula, New Orleans & Fairbanks Itinerary

49 days in Yucatan Peninsula, New Orleans & Fairbanks Itinerary

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Merida, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Valladolid, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Mahahual, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tulum, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 2 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Fly to New Orleans
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New Orleans, United States
— 10 nights
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Fairbanks, United States
— 8 nights
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Merida, Mexico

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Uxmal and Hacienda Sotuta de Peon. Explore Merida's surroundings by going to Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena (in Santa Elena) and Yucatan Snook (in Chuburna). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Mayapan Archaeological Zone, explore the ancient world of Kabah, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Patria, and admire the striking features of Plaza Grande.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Merida tour planner.

London, UK to Merida is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Merida. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Merida reach 39°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Valladolid.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 1:

Valladolid, Mexico

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Sat), make a trip to Palacio Municipal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Xkopek Parque Apicola, then explore the activities along Cenote Palomitas, then explore the ancient world of Ek Balam, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Saamal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Zaci, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Valladolid trip tool.

Traveling by car from Merida to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in April, you will find days in Valladolid are little chillier (39°C), and nights are a bit warmer (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Mahahual.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

Mahahual, Mexico

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach, then catch some excitement at Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya, and then look for gifts at Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry. Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Costa Maya Port and then head outdoors with Yaya Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mahahual planning website.

Drive from Valladolid to Mahahual in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Mahahual can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Fun & Games · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

Tulum, Mexico

— 6 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Climbing Tours and LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Skydiving, &more) and Xpu-ha Beach (in Puerto Aventuras). Spend the 6th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tulum attractions planner.

You can drive from Mahahual to Tulum in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, Tulum is slightly colder than Mahahual - with highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 11:

Cozumel, Mexico

— 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palancar Reef and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with The Money Bar Beach Club, see the interesting displays at The Mayan Cacao Company, get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, and delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

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Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 17:

Cancun, Mexico

— 6 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Zona Arqueologica El Rey. Venture out of the city with trips to Puerto Morelos (Nature & Wildlife Tours, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, &more). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, hunt for treasures at Mercado 28, kick back and relax at Playa Caracol, and make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cancun holiday builder app.

You can fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daytime highs in Cancun are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 23:

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

— 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 24th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN, then delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Isla Brewing Company, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stop by Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Isla Mujeres trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

New Orleans, United States

— 10 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Whitney Plantation and The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA. Change things up with these side-trips from New Orleans: Vacherie (Oak Alley Plantation & Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site) and Biloxi (Beauvoir & Fishing Charters & Tours). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, get outside with Ultimate Swamp Adventures, and stroll the grounds of Lake Lawn Metairie.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Isla Mujeres to New Orleans takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Isla Mujeres to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Isla Mujeres in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Fairbanks.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — May 5:

Fairbanks, United States

— 8 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum and Bouchard's International Dog Mushing and Sled Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Fairbanks: Delta Junction (Alaska Highway & Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at University of Alaska Museum of the North, examine the collection at Fairbanks Community Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at HooDoo Brewing Company, and stop by Santa Claus House.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks visit planner.

You can fly from New Orleans to Fairbanks in 13 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New Orleans to Fairbanks. Traveling from New Orleans in May, you will find days in Fairbanks are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are much colder (3°C). On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 13:

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.