17 days in Yucatan Itinerary

17 days in Yucatan Itinerary

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17 days in Yucatan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Merida
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Uxmal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Valladolid
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rio Lagartos
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Tel Aviv

5
nights
Merida

Merida ©
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.
Explore Merida's surroundings by going to Convento de San Antonio de Padua (in Izamal), Homun (Cenotes de Homun & Homun Cenotes) and Cuzama (Cenotes Cuzama & Iglesia de Eknakan). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo, make a trip to Ruta Puuc, see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and delve into the distant past at Mayapan Mayan Ruins.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Merida itinerary maker website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Merida is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Merida due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: highs in Merida hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Uxmal.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Homun, Cuzama, Convento de San Antonio de Padua
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Cenotes Cuzama ©
Cenotes Cuzama
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

2
nights
Uxmal

Uxmal ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Kabah, Head underground at Grutas de Calcehtok, then get outside with Mirador de Muna, and finally delve into the distant past at Uxmal. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Hacienda Yaxcopoil, explore the activities along Cenote Yaal Utzil, then identify plant and animal life at Cenote Kankirixche, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Uxmal journey builder website .

You can drive from Merida to Uxmal in 1.5 hours. In September in Uxmal, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Valladolid.

Things to do in Uxmal

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mirador de Muna, Hacienda Yaxcopoil, Grutas de Calcehtok, Cenote Kankirixche, Kabah
Highlights from your plan
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Kabah ©
Kabah
Grutas de Calcehtok ©
Grutas de Calcehtok

5
nights
Valladolid

Valladolid
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.
Explore Valladolid's surroundings by going to Ek Balam (in Temozon), Chichen Itza (Cenote Ik kil, Chichen Itza, & more) and Cenote Yokdzonot (in Yokdzonot). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Ek Balam, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Zaci, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Samula.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Valladolid road trip website .

Drive from Uxmal to Valladolid in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Temozon, Cenote Yokdzonot, Ek Balam
Highlights from your plan
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

2
nights
Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac, head outdoors with Cocodrilario Rio Lagartos, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de los Santos Reyes. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Natural Ria Lagartos and then explore the activities along Las Coloradas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio Lagartos trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Valladolid to Rio Lagartos in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Santuario de los Santos Reyes
Highlights from your plan
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos ©
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac ©
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac
Santuario de los Santos Reyes ©
Santuario de los Santos Reyes

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