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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Merida: Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza & Cenote Ik kil), Cenote Yokdzonot (in Yokdzonot) and Uxmal (in Uxmal). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Merida Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Celestun, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Hubiku, and delve into the distant past at Mayapan Mayan Ruins.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Merida online attractions planner .

Washington DC, USA to Merida is an approximately 11-hour flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in March, with highs in Merida at 93°F and lows at 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Bacalar: Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil (in Xpujil Town), Mahahual (Costa Maya Port & Maya Chan Beach) and Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben (in Chacchoben). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar, delve into the distant past at Pyramid of the Masks, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bacalar day trip planner .

You can drive from Merida to Bacalar in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Coco Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at 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.

You can plan Holbox Island trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Bacalar to Holbox Island with the Route module. When traveling from Bacalar in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Holbox Island: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to 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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