21 days in Bacalar, Riviera Maya & Cancun Itinerary

21 days in Bacalar, Riviera Maya & Cancun Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bacalar
— 4 nights
2
Tulum
— 9 nights
3
Cancun
— 7 nights

4
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. You've now added Active Nature Bacalar to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Bacalar: Mahahual (Maya Chan Beach, Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, get outside with Estromatolitos, and wander the wide-open spaces of Num Ka'an Ranch.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bacalar vacation maker site.

Chicago, USA to Bacalar is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Bacalar is 1 hour. In May, Bacalar is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mahahual
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

9
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.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an), Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Rio Secreto, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, get outside with Ana y Jose Beach Club, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tulum trip website.

Take a shuttle from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Tulum is little chillier than Bacalar - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Akumal Beach, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

7
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.
Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). Spend the 30th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, stop by Plaza Las Americas, get outside with Selvatica, and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Selvatica ©
Selvatica
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

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