11 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

11 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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11 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Minneapolis

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, then stroll through Playa Delfines, and then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Ninos Heroes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of El Rey Archaeological Zone and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cancun attractions planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, Cancun is much hotter than Minneapolis - with highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
Shark Diving
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Tue), look for gifts at Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Maya Chan Beach.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mahahual online road trip planner .

Getting from Cancun to Mahahual by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Cancun in March, you will find days in Mahahual are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry ©
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Paradise Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Cenotes Sac Actun. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ek Balam and Museo de San Roque. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Aktun Chen (in Akumal) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Puerto Aventuras). Next up on the itinerary: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Mahahual to Tulum takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mahahual in March, you will find days in Tulum are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Museo de San Roque, Off-Road Tours, Aktun Chen, Ek Balam, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

3
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 Palancar Reef and Santa Rosa Wall. Get in touch with nature at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and The Money Bar Beach Club. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stop by Gem Palace, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and view the masterpieces at BALAM Art Painted on Feathers.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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