15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

15 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cancun
— 1 night
Drive
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Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Bacalar
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Mahahual
— 3 nights
Drive
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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 see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cancun trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Cancun is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in October: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Valladolid.

Things to do in Cancun

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

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.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De San Servacio, don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal, then delve into the distant past at Ek Balam, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cenote Zaci. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil and then Head underground at Cenote Xkeken.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Valladolid trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Cancun to Valladolid by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Valladolid, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bacalar.

Things to do in Valladolid

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Bacalar

— 3 nights
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. Step out of Bacalar to go to Chacchoben and see Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get engrossed in the history at Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar, and get a taste of life in the country at Num Ka'an Ranch.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bacalar journey maker app.

Drive from Valladolid to Bacalar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bacalar are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to Mahahual.

Things to do in Bacalar

Historic Sites · Adventure · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

Mahahual

— 3 nights
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Mahahual is known for beaches, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach, catch some excitement at Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mahahual, and take in the waterfront activity at Costa Maya Port.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mahahual journey planner.

You can drive from Bacalar to Mahahual in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Mahahual sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

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.
When in Tulum, make a side trip to see Xcaret in Playa del Carmen, approximately Playa del Carmen away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tulum planner.

Traveling by car from Mahahual to Tulum takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mahahual in October: highs in Tulum hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. On the 28th (Thu), you're off to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:

Cancun

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cancun trip maker website.

Drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cancun

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Highlights from your trip

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.