13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cancun
— 1 night
Shuttle
2
Holbox Island
— 1 night
Unknown
3
Rio Lagartos
— 1 night
Drive
4
Izamal
— 1 night
Drive
5
Merida
— 1 night
Drive
6
Valladolid
— 1 night
Drive
7
Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive
8
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cancun
— 1 night
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Cancun — 1 night

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.
To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun sightseeing website.

Lisbon, Portugal to Cancun is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Cancun. Traveling from Lisbon in November, things will get a bit warmer in Cancun: highs are around 33°C and lows about 24°C. You'll set off for Holbox Island on the 21st (Mon).
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Holbox Island — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Holbox Island, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at Lolita Boutique Holbox.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Holbox Island holiday maker site.

Do a combination of from Cancun to Holbox Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio Lagartos.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:

Rio Lagartos — 1 night

On the 23rd (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Natural Ria Lagartos.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rio Lagartos route maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Holbox Island to Rio Lagartos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Izamal.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Izamal — 1 night

Izamal is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 72 km (about 40 miles) east of state capital Mérida, in southern Mexico.Izamal was continuously occupied throughout most of Mesoamerican chronology; in 2000, the city's estimated population was 15,000 people. On the 24th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Izamal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Antonio de Padua, and then explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Izamal trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rio Lagartos to Izamal in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Izamal can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Merida.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Merida — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral de Merida, then see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and finally admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Merida planning site.

You can drive from Izamal to Merida in an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Merida can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Valladolid.
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Valladolid — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Zaci, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De San Servacio.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Valladolid trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Merida to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Merida in November since evenings lows in Valladolid dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Bacalar.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Bacalar — 1 night

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bacalar trip planning app.

You can drive from Valladolid to Bacalar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bacalar when traveling from Valladolid in November, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tulum.
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Tulum — 3 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 Playa del Carmen (JellyFish Lamps & Xcaret). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the striking features of Sfer Ik Tulum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip planner.

Drive from Bacalar to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Bacalar in November, expect nights in Tulum to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Cancun.
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Cancun — 1 night

On the 1st (Thu), don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip planner.

Drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:

Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

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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.
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