8 days in Palenque & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Palenque & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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8 days in Palenque & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Palenque
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  6 h
2
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Guadalajara

1
night
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Palenque trip tool.

Guadalajara to Palenque is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Iglesia Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia Santo Domingo
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha

1
night
Cancun

Cancun ©
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 13th (Mon), steep yourself in history at El Rey Archaeological Zone, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cancun trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Cancun in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Cancun. April in Cancun sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Zona Arqueológica El Meco ©
Zona Arqueológica El Meco
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

2
nights
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
On the 14th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, then kick back and relax at La Playa Xpuha, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Tulum are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

La Playa Xpuha
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Scuba & Snorkeling
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha

2
nights
Cozumel

Cozumel ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco Reef and San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel). The Mayan Cacao Company and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Paso del Cedral Reef, explore the gorgeous colors at Yucab Reef, learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and kick back and relax at Playa El Cielo.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cozumel are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef
The Mayan Cacao Company ©
The Mayan Cacao Company
San Francisco Reef ©
San Francisco Reef

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