15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Travel:  3​h 45​min
2
Holbox Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  5​h
3
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cancun
— 2 nights
End: Cancun

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.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines, kick back and relax at Xcacel Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Cristo Rey.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun travel planner.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Xcacel Beach ©
Xcacel Beach
Zona Arqueológica El Meco ©
Zona Arqueológica El Meco
Playa Gaviota Azul ©
Playa Gaviota Azul

2
nights
Holbox Island

Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Punta Mosquito, get a taste of the local shopping with La Choza de Fito, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio Holbox. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Holbox Island trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Cancun to Holbox Island with the Route module. September in Holbox Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, Head underground at Cenote Santa Cruz, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Holbox Island to Tulum. September in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, Cenote Santa Cruz
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach

1
night
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sian Ka'an road trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Tulum to Sian Ka'an with the Route module. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Parks Wildlife
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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun, explore the ancient world of Ake's Mayan ruins, delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man. On your second day here, see the vivid underwater world at Chinchorro Reef, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Sian Ka'an to Chichen Itza with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Yokdzonot
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cenote Xkeken. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo, then Head underground at Cenote Xux Ha, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Palomitas, and finally Head underground at Zazil Tunich.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Valladolid trip app .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Valladolid by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Valladolid sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Cenote Palomitas ©
Cenote Palomitas

2
nights
Cancun

Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Marlin. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Shark Diving. See even more of Cancun: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, kick back and relax at Playa Chacmool, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cancun travel planner .

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shark Diving
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

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