13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cancun
taxi + ferry:  45​min
1
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
3
Akumal
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Tulum
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + ferry + taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Cozumel
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Chichen Itza
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Cancun

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, then stop by Galeria Pau Pao, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres road trip planning site .

Cancun to Isla Mujeres is an approximately 1-hour combination of taxi and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Xcaret Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): cool off at Xcaret Park and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tee off at El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club and then stroll through Parque Los Fundadores.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Los Fundadores ©
Parque Los Fundadores

2
nights
Akumal

The heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, small but busy beach town of Akumal represents one of the world's premier diving locations.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the vivid underwater world at Yal-ku Lagoon, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Lamanai, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach. On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Akumal tour itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Akumal in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Akumal, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Akumal

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Yal-ku Lagoon ©
Yal-ku Lagoon

1
night
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 26th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote and then kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum online tour planner .

Tulum is very close to Akumal. August in Tulum sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Grand Cenote ©
Grand Cenote
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Cozumel

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours. On your second day here, stop by Punta Cana and then kick back and relax at Playa Palancar.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Coco Bongo Cancun. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

Before you visit Cancun, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cancun takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in September; daily highs in Cancun reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:
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Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines
Coco Bongo Cancun ©
Coco Bongo Cancun
Swim with Dolphins

few
hours
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza holiday site .

Getting from Cancun to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:
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Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

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