9 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

9 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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9 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: San Salvador
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Merida
— 3 nights
4
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: San Salvador

2
nights
Cozumel

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization. Here are some ideas for day two: partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, then see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef, then tour the depths of the sea with a submarine tour, and finally ponder the design of Coral Reefs Monument.

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

San Salvador, El Salvador to Cozumel is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Salvador to Cozumel. Traveling from San Salvador in February, you will find days in Cozumel are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): Head underground at Gran Cenote, then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tulum attractions planner.

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Gran Cenote ©
Gran Cenote
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Uxmal and Paseo de Montejo. There's still lots to do: get a taste of life in the country at Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Gastronomia Yucateca, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Casa Montejo.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Merida holiday planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Merida in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in February: highs in Merida hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Uxmal
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon ©
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, and then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Escenica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can fly from Merida to Cancun in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Merida in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cancun: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Adventure Spas Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Spas
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

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