59 days in Yucatan Peninsula, Bogota & Havana Itinerary

59 days in Yucatan Peninsula, Bogota & Havana Itinerary

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59 days in Yucatan Peninsula, Bogota & Havana Itinerary

Start: Kuching, Malaysia
Fly:  32​h
1
Cancun, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ek Balam Village, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 4 nights
4
Merida, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Campeche, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Calakmul, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Sian Ka'an, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Tulum, Mexico
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Cozumel, Mexico
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
10
Bogota, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Havana, Cuba
— 11 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Kuching, Malaysia

5
nights
Cancun, Mexico

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.
Get some historical perspective at Punta Sur and El Rey Archaeological Zone. Do some cultural sightseeing at La Isla Shopping Village and Centro Ceremonial Kohunlich. Spend the 4th (Thu) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Spend the 7th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Selvatica, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica El Meco.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cancun, use our trip itinerary maker.

Kuching, Malaysia to Cancun is an approximately 32-hour flight. Traveling from Kuching to Cancun, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in Cancun, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Punta Sur, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Swim with Dolphins
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

1
night
Ek Balam Village, Mexico

Ek Balam Village ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the activities along Cenote Palomitas, then Head underground at X'Canche Cenote, and then make a trip to Ek Balam.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ek Balam Village vacation planning app .

You can drive from Cancun to Ek Balam Village in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Palomitas
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Cenote Palomitas ©
Cenote Palomitas
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
X'Canche Cenote ©
X'Canche Cenote

4
nights
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Get some historical perspective at Santuario de los Santos Reyes and Dzibichaltun. Get out of town with these interesting Chichen Itza side-trips: Iglesia de San Jose (in Espita), Valladolid (Zazil Tunich, Casa de los Venados, & more) and El Atrio del Convento de Izamal (in Izamal).

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Ek Balam Village to Chichen Itza in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Valladolid, Santuario de los Santos Reyes, Iglesia de San Jose, Dzibichaltun, Convento de San Antonio de Padua
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

5
nights
Merida, Mexico

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.
Visit Uxmal and Mayapan Mayan Ruins for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kabah and Iglesia de Jesus. Get out of town with these interesting Merida side-trips: Zona Arqueologica de Oxkintok (in Maxcanu), Iglesia de Eknakan (in Cuzama) and Hacienda Yaxcopoil (in Yaxcopoil). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Ruta Puuc, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Jesus,Tercera Orden, view the masterpieces at Galeria Tataya, and delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Merida trip planner .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Merida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June in Merida, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Zona Arqueologica de Oxkintok, Hacienda Yaxcopoil, Iglesia de Eknakan, Celestun Wildlife Refuge, Kabah
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Kabah ©
Kabah
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins

5
nights
Campeche, Mexico

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Get a sense of the local culture at Zona Arquelogica Edzna and Balamku. Popular historic sites such as Puerta de Tierra and Zona Arqueologica de Santa Rosa Xtampac are in your itinerary. Explore Campeche's surroundings by going to Tohcok (in Hopelchen) and Zona Arqueologica Xcalumkin (in Hecelchakan). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Fuerte-Museo San Miguel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Campeche, admire the masterpieces at Museo Becal, and get engrossed in the history at Centro Cultural "El Palacio" (Museo de Fortificaciones, Comercio y Navegación).

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Campeche trip planner .

Traveling by car from Merida to Campeche takes 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Campeche are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Campeche, Zona Arqueologica Xcalumkin, Tohcok
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Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Balamku ©
Balamku
Fuerte-Museo San Miguel ©
Fuerte-Museo San Miguel

2
nights
Calakmul, Mexico

Calakmul ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Calakmul Archaeological Zone and then examine the collection at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Calakmul trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Campeche to Calakmul in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Calakmul

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul ©
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul
Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

1
night
Sian Ka'an, Mexico

Sian Ka'an ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sian Ka'an trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Calakmul to Sian Ka'an with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

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

7
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Visit Tulum Archaeological Site and Las Pinturas for their historical value. Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and Balam Art On Feathers are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park & Quinta Avenida). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 29th (Mon) at Xel-Ha. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tulum online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sian Ka'an to Tulum. In June, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret

7
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Punta Molas Faro and Chabad of Cozumel. Get some cultural insight at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve, explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In July in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve ©
Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve

6
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Visit Catedral de Sal and Bolivar plaza for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Catedral Diocesana. Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Santuario de Nuestra Senora de la Salud (in Bojaca), Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha (in Guasca) and Plaza de los Comuneros (in Zipaquira). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El lugar de Su Presencia, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna de Guatavita.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bogota online holiday planner .

You can fly from Cozumel to Bogota in 7.5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cozumel in July, with highs in Bogota at 21°C and lows at 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Reserva Natural El Chochal de Siecha, Santuario de Nuestra Senora de la Salud
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Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

11
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Visit El Malecon and El Morro for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Old Havana and Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Havana: Las Terrazas Complex (in Las Terrazas) and Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar & Pharmaceutical Museum). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, and admire the striking features of Casa de la Amistad.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Havana trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Havana takes 4 hours. Traveling from Bogota in July, expect Havana to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matanzas, Las Terrazas Complex, Espiritu Santo Church (Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo)
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El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana ©

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