28 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

28 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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28 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  22​h
1
Merida
— 2 nights
2
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Mahahual
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Tulum
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Puerto Aventuras
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Puerto Morelos
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Cancun
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Bucharest

2
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.
On the 20th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún and then kick back and relax at Celestun. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Cuzama, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Merida Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Merida holiday planning tool .

Bucharest, Romania to Merida is an approximately 22-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 Bucharest to Merida due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Bucharest in December: high temperatures in Merida hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Cenotes Cuzama, Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant
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Cenotes Cuzama ©
Cenotes Cuzama
Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant ©
Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

2
nights
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
On the 22nd (Sun), make a trip to Chichen Itza, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Xkopek Parque Apicola. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Zaci, contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip itinerary app .

Getting from Merida to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Chichen Itza. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valladolid
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

2
nights
Mahahual

Mahahual ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mahahual Beach, then stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, and then take in the waterfront activity at Costa Maya Port.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mahahual trip builder tool .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Mahahual by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mahahual when traveling from Chichen Itza in December, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mahahual Beach ©
Mahahual Beach

1
night
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sian Ka'an holiday planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mahahual to Sian Ka'an. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Wildlife Parks
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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

6
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Visiting Paradise Beach and LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park will get you outdoors. Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá will appeal to history buffs. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Fri) at Xel-Ha. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, delve into the distant past at Las Pinturas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tulum online tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sian Ka'an to Tulum. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Xel-Ha, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

3
nights
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 get in some beach time at Playa Palancar and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Palancar Reef, don't miss a visit to San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa Rosa Wall, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cozumel vacation app .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puerto Aventuras.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

2
nights
Puerto Aventuras

Puerto Aventuras ©
Powdery white-sand beaches bring hoards of tourists to Puerto Aventuras, a small but modern settlement on Mexico's popular Riviera Maya.
On the 6th (Mon), kick back and relax at Akumal Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then delve into the distant past at Adoratorio, Ruinas Chac-hal-al. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Lamanai and then explore the gorgeous colors at Yal-ku Lagoon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Aventuras travel planning site .

Getting from Cozumel to Puerto Aventuras by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Morelos.

Things to do in Puerto Aventuras

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Akumal
Highlights from your plan
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yal-ku Lagoon ©
Yal-ku Lagoon

3
nights
Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Puerto Morelos Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Ojo de Agua Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get to know the resident critters at Croco Cun Zoo.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Morelos trip builder website .

You can drive from Puerto Aventuras to Puerto Morelos in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Puerto Morelos sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Puerto Morelos

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Croco Cun Zoo ©
Croco Cun Zoo
Scuba & Snorkeling
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Delfines and Selvatica. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Punta Sur and Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. Step out of Cancun to go to Isla Mujeres and see Playa Norte, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun tour planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Morelos to Cancun takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
Highlights from your plan
Selvatica ©
Selvatica
Swim with Dolphins
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines

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