In Dec '10/Jan '11 my partner and I are travelling to the Yucatan Peninsula for 2 weeks. Our time will be spent pre and post a 3 week trip to Cuba. I am proposing the following Itinerary and would appreciate input anyone may have:
9 Dec – Arrive Cancun Airport (approx 16:25); transfer to Tulum (thinking of organising a private service through the Cancun Airport website – does anyone have feedback on this service?) Overnight: Tulum
10 Dec – Relax after our long flight from Australia; visit Tulum ruins (late pm after day trippers start to disappear). Overnight: Tulum
11 Dec – Visit Coba ruins Overnight: Tulum
12 Dec – Travel (by bus) from Tulum to Merida Overnight: Merida
13 Dec – Explore Merida (am) / visit Izamal (pm) Overnight: Merida
14 Dec – Visit Uxmal (and maybe Kabah) Overnight: Merida
15 Dec – Visit Celestun (primary purpose to see flamingo's – are there lots?) / explore Merida (pm) Overnight: Merida
16 Dec – Explore Merida (am) / travel (by bus) from Merida to Valladolid (arrive pm) Overnight: Valladolid
17 Dec – Visit Chichen Itza (arrive very early; pre crowds) / visit Ek Balam Overnight: Valladolid
18 Dec – Transfer to Cancun Airport (fly to Havana at 13:05) (note sure whether to take public bus or organise a taxi – don't want to miss our flight!)
19 Dec to 7 Jan – Cuba
8 Jan – Arrive Cancun Airport (approx 16:35); transfer to Puerto Morelos Overnight: Puerto Morelos
9 Jan to 11 Jan – Lots of relaxing in a hammock (we will no doubt need it after an action packed 4+ weeks) Overnight: Puerto Morelos
12 Jan – Transfer to Cancun Airport (approximately 13:00) and begin long flight back to Australia.
We would like to visit at least one Cenotes, but are not sure which one to visit (or where to fit it into the Itinerary). Should we perhaps omit one of the Mayan sites? Recommendation would be greatly appreciated.
Overall, I think the Itinerary is achievable, without it being too rushed. What to you think?
Many thanks, in anticipation of any suggestions.