13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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13 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Seattle

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.
The Mayan Cacao Company and San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Cozumel Pearl Farm and El Paso del Cedral Reef. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at San Francisco Reef, experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, get outside with Cozumel Jungle Adventure, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Corpus Christi.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cozumel online journey builder .

Seattle, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in December; daily highs in Cozumel reach 80°F and lows reach 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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San Francisco Reef ©
San Francisco Reef
El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ek Balam and Climbing Tours. Step out of Tulum to go to Puerto Aventuras and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Cenote Santa Cruz, explore the activities along Gran Cenote, don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo, and view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. January in Tulum sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Cenote Santa Cruz, Ek Balam
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

1
night
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 6th (Mon): stop by Diamonds International and then head outdoors with Yaya Beach.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mahahual trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Tulum to Mahahual in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tulum in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mahahual, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Diamonds International
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Yaya Beach ©
Yaya Beach

3
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.
Get outdoors at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and La Isla Shopping Village. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN. Step out of Cancun with an excursion to Shark Diving in Isla Mujeres--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun travel route planner.

Getting from Mahahual to Cancun by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Mahahual in January, you will find days in Cancun are a bit cooler (80°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Zona Arqueológica El Meco, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Zona Arqueológica El Meco ©
Zona Arqueológica El Meco

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