26 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Cancun
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Holbox Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Chiquilá, Bus to Valladolid
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Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
Drive
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Merida
— 1 night
Drive
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Celestun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Campeche
— 4 nights
Drive
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Xpujil Town
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chetumal
Drive
10
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Bus
11
Tulum
— 4 nights
Bus to Playa del Carmen, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 1 night
Ferry to Playa del Carmen, Bus to Puerto Morelos
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Puerto Morelos
— 1 night
Bus
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Cancun
— 3 nights

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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.
On the 10th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cancun day trip app.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major aiports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Holbox Island.
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Holbox Island — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): head off the coast to Holbox Island and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then look for gifts at Lolita Boutique Holbox.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Holbox Island travel tool.

You can 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. In January in Holbox Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Valladolid.
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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 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, explore the fascinating underground world of Suytun Cenote, then delve into the distant past at Ek Balam, and finally don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De San Servacio, take in the exciting artwork at Casa de los Venados, and then Head underground at Cenote Xkeken.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Valladolid trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by shuttle from Holbox Island to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Holbox Island in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Valladolid. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.
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Chichen Itza

Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, and then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip planner.

You can drive from Valladolid to Chichen Itza in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Merida.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Patria.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Merida trip planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Merida in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Merida, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Celestun.
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Celestun — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Hacienda Chunchucmil, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mangroves of Dzinitun, and then kick back and relax at Playa Norte Celestun.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Celestun vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Merida to Celestun takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Celestun can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Campeche.
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Campeche — 4 nights

Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Step out of Campeche to go to Vicente Guerrero and see Site Maya de Dzibilnocac Dans le Yucatan, which is approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zona Arquelogica Edzna, see the interesting displays at Fuerte-Museo San Miguel, get engrossed in the history at Baluarte de San Carlos/Museo de la Ciudad, and take a stroll through Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Campeche online travel planner.

Getting from Celestun to Campeche by car takes about 3 hours. In January in Campeche, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Xpujil Town.
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Xpujil Town — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Mono Rojo, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil, and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then delve into the distant past at Xpuhil.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Xpujil Town day trip planning website.

You can drive from Campeche to Xpujil Town in 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Chetumal.
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Chetumal

Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. On the 24th (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at Malecon de Chetumal.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chetumal road trip planning website.

You can drive from Xpujil Town to Chetumal in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Chetumal are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bacalar.
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Bacalar — 2 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. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bacalar sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Chetumal to Bacalar takes an hour. In January in Bacalar, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Tulum.
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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.
Step out of Tulum to go to Coba and see Zona Arqueologica de Coba, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, look for gifts at LassaH Ethnic Design Made with Love, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

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Drive from Bacalar to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Bacalar in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tulum: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cozumel.
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Cozumel — 1 night

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 30th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, then look for gifts at Gallery Azul, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Morelos.
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Puerto Morelos — 1 night

Jewel of Mexican Caribbean

A small seaport at the tip of Yucatan Peninsula, pleasant Puerto Morelos offers a good alternative for visitors seeking a quieter beach vacation with plenty of tourist amenities.
To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Puerto Morelos online trip maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Puerto Morelos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Puerto Morelos are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Cancun.
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Cancun — 3 nights

Enjoy Cancun some more: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Tattoo Studio Henna, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Morelos to Cancun in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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