19 days in Mexico Itinerary

19 days in Mexico Itinerary

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19 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  16​h
1
Cancun
— 4 nights
2
Valladolid
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rio Lagartos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Izamal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Merida
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Uxmal
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Celestun
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Campeche
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Bacalar
— 1 night
11
Tulum
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
12
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Milan

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Isla Mujeres Trips). Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 16th (Fri) with a shark diving experience. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Escenica.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cancun trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Cancun is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Milan to Cancun, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Cancun. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
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 19th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, then Head underground at Cenote Xkeken, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Zazil Tunich.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Valladolid day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Valladolid, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Valladolid

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Convent of San Bernardino of Siena ©
Convent of San Bernardino of Siena

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Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos ©
On the 20th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Parque Natural Ria Lagartos.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio Lagartos online route planner .

You can drive from Valladolid to Rio Lagartos in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Izamal.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Parque Natural Ria Lagartos ©
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos

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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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): make a trip to Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo, delve into the distant past at Izamal Ruins, then take in the spiritual surroundings of El Atrio del Convento de Izamal, then admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de San Antonio de Padua.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Izamal online route builder .

Traveling by car from Rio Lagartos to Izamal takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Merida.

Things to do in Izamal

Historic Sites Museums
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Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua
Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua

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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 22nd (Thu): admire the striking features of Plaza Grande, then see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and then admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo.

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Drive from Izamal to Merida in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Merida are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uxmal.

Things to do in Merida

Museums
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Gran Museo del Mundo Maya ©
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Plaza Grande ©
Plaza Grande

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Uxmal

Uxmal ©
On the 23rd (Fri), examine the collection at Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, explore the ancient world of Kabah, then get outside with Mirador de Muna, then examine the collection at Choco Story, and finally delve into the distant past at Uxmal.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uxmal trip planner .

Traveling by car from Merida to Uxmal takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Uxmal can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Celestun.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, Mirador de Muna, Kabah
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Choco Story ©
Choco Story
Mirador de Muna ©
Mirador de Muna

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night
Celestun

Celestun
Celestún is a town in Yucatán, Mexico. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get outside with Circuito Ojo de Agua Baldiosera, identify plant and animal life at Jaltun Parque Recreativo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Celestun trip planner .

Traveling by car from Uxmal to Celestun takes 2 hours. August in Celestun sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Celestun

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): play a few rounds at Campeche Country Club and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arquelogica Edzna.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Campeche trip builder .

Drive from Celestun to Campeche in 3 hours. In August in Campeche, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites Fun & Games Outdoors
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Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna

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Calakmul

Calakmul ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Calakmul Archaeological Zone and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Calakmul day trip app .

Traveling by car from Campeche to Calakmul takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

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Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bacalar road trip website .

You can drive from Calakmul to Bacalar in 4 hours. In August in Bacalar, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature Parks
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): make a splash at Xel-Ha. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz, and then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bacalar to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In August, Tulum is a bit cooler than Bacalar - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cenote Santa Cruz, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz

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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 30th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, then admire the masterpieces at Frida Kahlo Museum, and then cool off at Xcaret Park. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun, admire the masterpieces at 3D Museum of Wonders, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip builder app .

Getting from Tulum to Playa del Carmen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cenote Chaak Tun ©
Cenote Chaak Tun

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