14 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

14 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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14 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Uxmal
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Delfines and Xoximilco Cancun by Xcaret. Step off the beaten path and head to Croco Cun Zoo and Punta Sur. When in Cancun, make a side trip to see Guadalupe Chapel in Isla Mujeres, approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, cool off at Float Fun Cancun, see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun, and buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Cancun trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get warmer in Cancun: highs are around 82°F and lows about 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Uxmal.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Croco Cun Zoo
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Croco Cun Zoo ©
Croco Cun Zoo
Spas
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

1
night
Uxmal

Uxmal ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): head outdoors with Mirador de Muna, examine the collection at Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, then delve into the distant past at Kabah, then take an in-depth tour of Choco Story, and finally don't miss a visit to Uxmal.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uxmal journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cancun to Uxmal. When traveling from Cancun in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uxmal: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Kabah, Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, Mirador de Muna
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Choco Story ©
Choco Story
Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena ©
Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll through Maya Chan Beach, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry.

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You can drive from Uxmal to Mahahual in 5 hours. In December in Mahahual, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car 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.
Family-friendly places like Paradise Beach and Xcaret will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Ek Balam and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Venture out of the city with trips to Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus & Chichen Itza) and Convent of San Bernardino of Siena (in Valladolid). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, browse the exhibits of Balam Art On Feathers, explore the activities along Gran Cenote, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tulum itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Mahahual to Tulum in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Mahahual in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Tulum, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Ek Balam, Xcaret, Convent of San Bernardino of Siena
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. Kids will enjoy Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and Submarine Tours. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, and see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
Spas
Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel

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