12 days in Cancun, Tulum & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

12 days in Cancun, Tulum & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

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12 days in Cancun, Tulum & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

Start: Lugano
bus + Fly:  15​h
1
Cancun
— 5 nights
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  17​h
End: Lugano

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Isla Shopping Village and El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey). Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Playa Delfines will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Nativa Park (in Solferino) and Isla Mujeres (Captain Dulche's Museum & Playa Norte). Spend the 17th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de Cristo Rey, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cancun trip app .

Lugano, Switzerland to Cancun is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Lugano to Cancun. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Lugano in February: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Swim with Dolphins

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mayan Beach and Spas & Wellness. Get outdoors at Xel-Ha and Ziggy Beach. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum online day trip planner .

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tulum are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Xel-Ha
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the masterpieces at 3D Museum of Wonders, then look for gifts at El Jaguar Dorado, then view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Casa Tzutuhil, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Playa Xpuha.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen online travel planner .

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

La Playa Xpuha, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
3D Museum of Wonders ©
3D Museum of Wonders

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