13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  9​h
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
2
Valladolid
— 2 nights
3
Merida
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Cancun
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Captain Dulche's Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte. Here are some ideas for day two: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then see the interesting displays at Museo Maya de Cancun, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and finally look for gifts at Coppel Plaza Las Americas.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cancun travel itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Cancun is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Cancun is 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get much warmer in Cancun: highs are around 81°F and lows about 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Valladolid.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines

2
nights
Valladolid

Valladolid
One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Cenote Yokdzonot and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Servasio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of El Castillo, then explore the ancient world of Ek Balam Mayan Ruins, and finally make a trip to Palacio Municipal.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Valladolid itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Valladolid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cancun in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 73°F in Valladolid. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Merida.

Things to do in Valladolid

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Cenote Yokdzonot, Ek Balam
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Mayapan Mayan Ruins, explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, then examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and finally steep yourself in history at Palacio del Gobernador (Governor's Palace). Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Merida Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional de Yucatán, Palacio Cantón, and then explore the activities along Cenote Jardin del Eden.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Merida custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Merida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Valladolid in January, expect little chillier with lows of 65°F in Merida. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Cenote Jardin del Eden
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Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya ©
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Akumal Beach and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Zipline. Step out of Playa del Carmen to go to Tulum and see Ruinas Mayas de Tulum, which is approximately 1:05 hours away.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Merida to Playa del Carmen by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Merida in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Playa del Carmen, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal Beach
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

1
day
Cancun

Cancun ©
On the 9th (Mon), explore the ancient world of El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey), see the interesting displays at Museo Iconografico de la Carrera Panamericana, and then stroll through Playa Tortugas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Cancun trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

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