8 days in Yucatan Itinerary

8 days in Yucatan Itinerary

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8 days in Yucatan Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Merida
— 2 nights
2
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  24​h
End: Istanbul

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ruta Puuc and Cenotes Cuzama. Step out of Merida to go to Uxmal and see Uxmal, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Celestun, make a trip to Hacienda San Pedro Ochil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral, and delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Merida vacation planning tool .

Istanbul, Turkey to Merida is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, things will get much warmer in Merida: highs are around 36°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cenotes Cuzama, Cenote Jardin del Eden, Uxmal
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Celestun ©
Celestun

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Cenote Samula and Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman. Explore Chichen Itza's surroundings by going to Valladolid (Cenote Xkeken, Plaza e Parque Francisco Canton, & more) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chichen Itza online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Merida to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in December, Chichen Itza is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valladolid, Cenote Yokdzonot, Ek Balam
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Samula ©
Cenote Samula
Cenote Maya Park ©
Cenote Maya Park

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