12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Tijuana
Fly + Drive:  10 h
1
Izamal
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Bacalar
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 30 min
4
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Akumal
— 1 night
Bus:  45 min
6
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
8
Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
Travel:  3 h 45 min
9
Holbox Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3 h 45 min
10
Merida
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h
End: Tijuana

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Izamal

Izamal ©
Izamal is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 72 km (about 40 miles) east of state capital Mérida, in southern Mexico.Izamal was continuously occupied throughout most of Mesoamerican chronology; in 2000, the city's estimated population was 15,000 people. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for gifts at Hecho a Mano, explore the ancient world of Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal, then explore the ancient world of Izamal Ruins, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Antonio de Padua.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Izamal trip planner.

Tijuana to Izamal is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tijuana in August, with highs in Izamal at 41°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Izamal

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Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua
Izamal  Ruins ©
Izamal Ruins
Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo ©
Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo

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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chichen Itza online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Izamal to Chichen Itza in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Bacalar.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. On the 16th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de San Felipe, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bacalar trip planner.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Bacalar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature Parks Adventure
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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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.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, then Head underground at Gran Cenote, and then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Las Pinturas.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tulum road trip app.

You can take a bus from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bacalar in August, with highs in Tulum at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Akumal.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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Akumal

Akumal ©
The heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, small but busy beach town of Akumal represents one of the world's premier diving locations.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Adoratorio, Ruinas Chac-hal-al, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Lamanai.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Akumal trip planner.

Akumal is just a stone's throw from Tulum. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Akumal

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Aventuras
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Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Galeria Lamanai ©
Galeria Lamanai
Adoratorio, Ruinas Chac-hal-al ©
Adoratorio, Ruinas Chac-hal-al

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Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, kick back and relax at Parque Los Fundadores, and then find something for the whole family at Xcaret.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Akumal to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Parque Los Fundadores ©
Parque Los Fundadores
Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church ©
Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cancun online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cancun takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Parasailing & Paragliding
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, then paddle through the water with Garrafon Natural Reef Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Norte.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres route builder site.

Drive from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

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Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): look for gifts at Papa Rana Holbox Logo Shop, take in the exciting artwork at La Choza de Fito, then explore the activities along Yalahau Lagoon, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Coco Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Holbox Island vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isla Mujeres to Holbox Island. In August in Holbox Island, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Papa Rana Holbox Logo Shop ©
Papa Rana Holbox Logo Shop

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Merida Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, then delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, and finally steep yourself in history at Mayapan Ruins.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Merida trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Holbox Island to Merida with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Holbox Island in August: highs in Merida hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Merida

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Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Mayapan Ruins ©
Mayapan Ruins
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

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