16 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

16 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yucatan Peninsula tour planner

Make it your trip
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Cancun
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa del Carmen
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 1 night
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Cancun

— 4 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.
Ventura Park has been added to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Paradise Beach and Gran Cenote. Step out of Cancun with an excursion to Tulum Archaeological Site in Tulum--about 2h 15 min away.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cancun road trip tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cancun is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cancun: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Theme Parks · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cenote Xkeken as well as The Ossuary. On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ossuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Cenote Xkeken.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chichen Itza holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Playa del Carmen

— 6 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rio Secreto, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret and Parque Los Fundadores. Get outdoors at Akumal Beach and Riviera Maya. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Playa Xpuha and Xpu-ha Beach. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Xcaret and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen tour planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in September: high temperatures in Playa del Carmen hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Delfines and Santa Rosa Wall. Do some cultural sightseeing at La Isla Shopping Village and Punta Sur. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cozumel: Cancun (Las Plazas Outlet Cancun & Cancun Jungle Tours) and Playa Norte (in Isla Mujeres). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel journey planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Tulum

— 1 night
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Tulum are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

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.