16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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16 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  14​h
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Chichen Itza
— Few hours
Bus:  10​h 30​min
5
Palenque
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h
6
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 1 night
bus:  11​h
7
Merida
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
8
Holbox Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h 45​min
9
Cancun
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Rome

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night
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.
For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cancun trip builder site .

Rome, Italy to Cancun is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Rome to Cancun. Traveling from Rome in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Cancun. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
On the 11th (Thu), make a trip to Quinta Avenida and then get in on the family fun at Xcaret.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen itinerary planning site .

Drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

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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.
Step out of Tulum with an excursion to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, Head underground at Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum, and explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tulum trip site .

Traveling by bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

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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hours
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 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza online attractions planner .

Drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tulum in July, with highs in Chichen Itza at 39°C and lows at 30°C. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

2
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aluxes Palenque, and then admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Palenque vacation planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Palenque in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chichen Itza to Palenque is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes Palenque ©
Aluxes Palenque

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night
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Na Bolom Cultural Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, examine the collection at Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya, then examine the collection at Templo de Santo Domingo, and finally look for gifts at Taller y Joyeria Lagrimas de la Selva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico Miguel Alvarez del Toro, then don't miss a visit to Chiapa de Corzo, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Ambar.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Cristobal de las Casas trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tuxtla Gutierrez
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Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya ©
Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya
Zoologico Miguel Alvarez del Toro ©
Zoologico Miguel Alvarez del Toro

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, then delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, and then admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Grande.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Merida vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Cristobal de las Casas to Merida takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas to Merida due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in July, Merida is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums
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Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Plaza Grande ©
Plaza Grande

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nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): look for gifts at Lolita Boutique Holbox, explore the activities along Yalahau Lagoon, then take in the exciting artwork at La Choza de Fito, and finally head off the coast to Holbox Island. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Holbox Island online itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Merida to Holbox Island. When traveling from Merida in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Holbox Island, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island

1
night
Cancun

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Delfines.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun planning website .

Explore your travel options from Holbox Island to Cancun with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

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