19 days in Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Yucatan Peninsula travel planner
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Fly
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Ferry
3
Cozumel
— 1 day
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
4
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Bacalar
— 1 day
Drive
6
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
7
Merida
— 1 night
Drive
8
Rio Lagartos
— 1 night
Drive
9
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Fly to Sydney

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Cancun — 3 nights

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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Interactive Aquarium, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Before you visit Cancun, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Sydney, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Cancun due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.
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Playa del Carmen — 4 nights

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Spend the 11th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, stop by El Jaguar Dorado, meet the residents at Xaman Ha Aviary, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen online trip builder.

Drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Cozumel.
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Cozumel — 1 day

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.
On the 12th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cozumel trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cozumel are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Tulum.
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Tulum — 3 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the gorgeous colors at Two Eyes Cenote, explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip builder site.

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by combination of ferry and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In February in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bacalar.
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Bacalar — 1 day

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bacalar driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Tulum to Bacalar by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in February, you will find days in Bacalar are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.
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Chichen Itza — 1 night

Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Chichen Itza vacation planner.

You can drive from Bacalar to Chichen Itza in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bacalar in February since evenings lows in Chichen Itza dip to 28°C. You will leave for Merida on the 16th (Thu).
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Merida — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, contemplate the long history of Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral de Merida, and finally admire the striking features of Plaza Grande.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Merida trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Merida in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in February, Merida is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rio Lagartos.
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Rio Lagartos — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

Use Klarna Trips's suggestions to plan your Rio Lagartos trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Merida to Rio Lagartos in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Isla Mujeres.
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Isla Mujeres — 3 nights

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Isla Mujeres is known for beaches, wildlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres, and don't miss a visit to Women's Beading Cooperative.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Isla Mujeres trip builder website.

Drive from Rio Lagartos to Isla Mujeres in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

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A trip to Yucatan Peninsula takes visitors to the southeastern section of Mexico, an area that housed the legendary Maya civilization before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. Much of the region's population traces its origins back to this old culture, and in many of the smaller settlements residents continue to speak the Maya language in addition to Spanish. Yucatan Peninsula tourism thrives largely thanks to the popularity of Cancun, a modern resort town on the so-called "Mayan Riviera." Away from the white-sand coastline, this part of Mexico treats visitors to some of the finest examples of Mayan pyramids and temples, offering a glimpse into the continent's pre-Hispanic history.
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