12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Izamal
— 1 day
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Bacalar
— 1 night
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Tulum
— 2 nights
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Akumal
— 1 night
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Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
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Cancun
— 1 night
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Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
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Holbox Island
— 1 night
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Merida
— 1 night

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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 Zona Arqueologica de Izamal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Antonio de Padua.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Izamal trip planner.

Tijuana to Izamal is an approximately 8.5-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

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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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 where to stay, photos, ratings, 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

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Must see
Chichen Itza
4.6
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Ruin
The Ossuary
4.8

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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 some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, 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 shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
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Water Body
Lake Bacalar
4.8
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History Museum
Fuerte de San Felipe
4.0
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
4.8

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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.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tulum road trip app.

You can take a shuttle from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. 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 · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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 traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, 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 go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Akumal

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

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Beach
Akumal Beach
4.3
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Art Gallery
Galeria Lamanai
4.8

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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 other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Akumal to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. 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 · Parks
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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 Zona Arqueologica El Rey, 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 see reviews, photos, 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 travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.5
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World heritage site
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 find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres route builder site.

Ride a ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. 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

Outdoors · Beaches · Adventure · Wildlife
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Beach
Playa Norte
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Ruin
Punta Sur
4.7

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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.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, 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 · Nature
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Water Body
Yalahau Lagoon
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Papa Rana Holbox Logo Shop
4.4

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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 Archaeological Zone.

To find reviews, other places to visit, 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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Religious Site
Merida Cathedral
4.5

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