15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula trip planner

Make it your trip
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
5
Calakmul
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bacalar
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Tulum
— 4 nights
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Cozumel

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Palancar Reef and then head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cozumel sightseeing planner.

Sacramento, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Sacramento to Cozumel is 3 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Sacramento in December: high temperatures in Cozumel hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Cancun

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Balance Cancun.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cancun trip planning site.

You can fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cancun are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Cancun

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Valladolid

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, then explore the ancient world of Ek Balam, and then examine the collection at Museo de San Roque. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal, explore the world behind art at Casa de los Venados, then Head underground at Cenote Zaci, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De San Servacio.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Valladolid route planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Valladolid in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Valladolid sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 11th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza and then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Valladolid to Chichen Itza by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Calakmul

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll through Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul and then stroll through Calakmul.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Calakmul trip planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Calakmul in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Calakmul

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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. On the 14th (Tue), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Bacalar trip itinerary website.

Getting from Calakmul to Bacalar by car takes about 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Adventure · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Tulum

— 4 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 (Zipline, Xcaret, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the activities along Gran Cenote, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip planning tool.

Take a shuttle from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bacalar in December, plan for little chillier days in Tulum, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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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.