12 days in Merida, Bacalar & Holbox Island Itinerary

12 days in Merida, Bacalar & Holbox Island Itinerary

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12 days in Merida, Bacalar & Holbox Island Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  11​h
1
Merida
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Bacalar
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Holbox Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h
End: Washington DC

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uxmal and Merida Cathedral. Get some historical perspective at Chichen Itza and Mayapan Mayan Ruins. Venture out of the city with trips to Cenote Ik kil (in Chichen Itza), Cenote Yokdzonot (in Yokdzonot) and Cenote Hubiku (in Temozon). It doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún and stroll through Celestun.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Merida route maker .

Washington DC, USA to Merida is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC in March, expect Merida to be much warmer, temps between 93°F and 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bacalar.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Cenote Yokdzonot, Uxmal, Cenote Hubiku
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

4
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Popular historic sites such as Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil and Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Bacalar and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Change things up with these side-trips from Bacalar: Mahahual (Costa Maya Port & Maya Chan Beach). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Pyramid of the Masks and take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de San Felipe.

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Traveling by car from Merida to Bacalar takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Bacalar sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mahahual, Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil, Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben, Pyramid of the Masks
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil ©
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Coco Beach and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Refugio Holbox, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yalahau Lagoon, then step off the mainland to explore Holbox Island, and finally take in the exciting artwork at La Choza de Fito.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Holbox Island trip itinerary planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bacalar to Holbox Island. Traveling from Bacalar in March, expect nights in Holbox Island to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are slightly colder, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island

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