17 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

17 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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17 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h 45​min
2
Holbox Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Merida
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Campeche
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
End: Chetumal

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 13th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cancun vacation planner .

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major airports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. In February in Cancun, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for Holbox Island.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Wildlife Spas

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos, Guadalupe Chapel
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National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
Spas
Guadalupe Chapel ©
Guadalupe Chapel

3
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
On the 15th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Holbox. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): explore the activities along Yalahau Lagoon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yum Balam Reserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Holbox Island holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cancun to Holbox Island. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lolita Boutique Holbox ©
Lolita Boutique Holbox

3
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.
Visiting Ecopark Kantun Chi and Mayan Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Holbox Island to Tulum with the Route module. In February in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Aventuras
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ecopark Kantun Chi ©
Ecopark Kantun Chi

2
nights
Valladolid

Valladolid
One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Xkopek Parque Apicola and then don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, then steep yourself in history at Ek Balam, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Zazil Tunich.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Valladolid route planner.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Valladolid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in February, expect Valladolid to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich

3
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 outdoors at Mangroves of Dzinitun and Homun Cenotes. Your inner history buff will appreciate Merida Cathedral and Zona Arqueologica Acanceh. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Jesus, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Merida trip planning app .

You can drive from Valladolid to Merida in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Merida when traveling from Valladolid in February, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Merida

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mangroves of Dzinitun, Homun Cenotes
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Homun Cenotes ©
Homun Cenotes
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral
Mangroves of Dzinitun ©
Mangroves of Dzinitun

2
nights
Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zona Arquelogica Edzna, then get to know the fascinating history of Ciudad Amurallada, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Roman. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Ecoturismo Ich Ha Lol Xaan.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Campeche online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Merida to Campeche takes 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ecoturismo Ich Ha Lol Xaan
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Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Iglesia de San Roman ©
Iglesia de San Roman

1
night
Bacalar

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then head outdoors with Estromatolitos.

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You can drive from Campeche to Bacalar in 5.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Bacalar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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