The perfect #1 Mexico itinerary for backpacking in Mexico to discover the highlights of Yucatán

If you want a holiday where you alternate sun, sea and beach with culture, archaeological highlights and fun activities, then a trip through Mexico in the province of Yucatan is something for you. The Yucatan province is ideal for all types of travelers. You can do a lot of different things, including: swimming with whale sharks, stingrays and sea turtles, spotting flamingos, admiring night sea sparks, discovering cenotes, visiting Chichen Itza and having fun parties. Also not unimportant is that the food and drinks in Mexico are delicious. It is no punishment to have an ice-cold smoothie or carona when you are relaxing on a white sandy beach.
We have visited all places and bundled our experience in our articles. Our Mexico itinerary is ideal for people who want to be active during their vacation but also like to relax at different locations. For each destination we have written an article with tips, what you can do there and our favorite sleeping addresses. Are you curious about Yucatan? Are you looking for help to make your own itinerary for Mexico? Then continue reading this Mexico itinerary!

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Transport for this travel route in Mexico

If you are going to travel through Mexico, you have the choice between traveling by public transport or by car. Both options have advantages and disadvantages, the choice for which you go is personal. Both choices are good and safe.

Public transport in Mexico is very well organized. The largest bus company is ADO and you can find all information on their website. Tickets are easy to buy at the bus station. It is wise to always check with your hotel or hostel what the easiest way is to travel to your next destination. If you want to know more, read our tips on traveling by bus through Mexico.

Renting a car in Mexico is a more luxurious option that gives you more freedom so you can go wherever you want. It is wise to book on time so that you have enough choice, in addition, this is economically cheaper. For example, you can rent a car with a reservation in time for about 15 to 20 euros per day. A road trip is a great way to explore Mexico and it is not that expensive. Curious about a road trip through Mexico? Read our tips for renting a car in Mexico.

How much does it cost to travel through Mexico (Yucatán)?

An important question many travelers have: how much does it cost to travel through Mexico? This partly determines your choice whether you are going to travel to this country. Mexico is a country that is not expensive to travel. However, the Yucatán province is a bit more expensive to travel compared to other parts of Mexico because its popularity. Apart from this fact, Mexico and the province of Yucatán remain a very affordable country to travel through. Would you like to know in detail how much budget do you need to travel through Mexico Yucatán read then our article.

Mexico itinerary: How many weeks do you need?

For this Mexico itinerary you need at least 2 weeks, if you have the option we recommend doing it in more days, so that you can stay longer at a destination that you like. You can also add destinations to this Mexico itinerary to extent your travel route to 3 or 4 weeks. Our itinerary for Mexico is a good mix between relaxation and awesome activities.
The advantage of traveling in Yucatan is that the distances are not that big and the transportation in Mexico is very good so you don’t lose much time traveling. If you want to spend more time in Yucatán or Mexico it is worth investigating to go to Mahahual, Merida, Campeche, Palenque and San Cristobal de las Casas. We haven’t visited this places due to lack of time.

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We have written an article about each destination that gives you a lot of information and ideas about what to do in a certain place how you get there, where to stay and personal tips. Curious then click further to the articles.


Cancun is a tourist town in Yucatan and is probably your starting location for your trip. This is because Cancun is very popular among the Americans and you can therefore find cheap flights. The advantage is that you don’t have to fly to Mexico City first. The result of these benefits is that Cancun is a typical tourist resort with huge hotels. Cancun is a good place to stay if you had a long flight and you need to rest.

Cancun hasn’t been best known as a top destination for travelers who want to discover Mexico. However, this doesn’t mean that you can do many fun things in Cancun, as many travelers miss these things. If you’re planning to stay in Cancun, our “best things to do in Cancun” tips will help you.


Tulum is a small town with a laidback atmosphere that has white sandy beaches full of palm trees. It is a top destination from where you can undertake fun activities and ultimately relax. The beautiful beaches, the jungle, the vibe made sure we loved this place. The Cenotes, Maya temples and day trips will ensure that you want to stay here longer than previously planted. In our article you can read the 5 best things to do in Tulum.



Bacalar is also called the little brother of the Maldives. Bacalar is still a typical place that hasn’t yet been discovered by mass tourism where you can still experience authentic Mexico. Bacalar is known for its beautiful lake, the lake of Bacalar is so clean and bright of colors. you can go sailing for an afternoon to see all the beautiful places on the lake. Beside this there are more things to do in Bacalar. In article we tell you what to do in Bacalar with our personal tips.

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Valladolid is the oldest colonial city in the Yucatan province. It is awesome to visit this colonial city, because it is a nice change between the beach and the interior. In Valladolid you will still see an authentic Mexico, which is more difficult in comparison with other (beach) locations. We loved Valladolid because you can escape here from mass tourism. In Valladolid, for example, most people don’t speak English but welcome you with a big smile. If you would like to see another aspect of Mexico, read all our tips in our article: what you can do in this architecture beautiful city.

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Isla Holbox

This was our favorite destination in Mexico and we love to share our experience with you so that you will be as enthusiastic about Isla Holbox as we are! We initially thought to stay here for 3 nights and ended up staying here for 8 nights. Isla Holbox is an island paradise where everything goes a little slower. You can relax here with often the beach and the sea all for yourself, which is really special. You can make beautiful beach hikes that can last the entire day, encountering different Flora and fauna along the way. For example, you will encounter flamingos. The highlight, if you are there in August / September, is to swim with whale sharks. This is one of the best things we have ever done in our lives. Read all our personal experience tips what to do in Isla Holbox.

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Our favorite places to stay during this Mexico itinerary

During our trip through Mexico we went looking for nice and special places to sleep. In our opinion, the nice and special accommodations where you stay give your trip an extra dimension. We have managed to find those places in Mexico and are happy to share this with you. We share two unique tips per destination. In this article we give you an overview of the best places to stay in Mexico.

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Hi, we are Cynthia and Alexander! High school sweethearts from the South of the Netherlands. We travel around the world because we are crazy about it! We believe travel can be life changing. Our goal is to share our travel tips and to inspire you to travel & discover the world!

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