21 days in Bacalar, Riviera Maya & Cancun Itinerary

21 days in Bacalar, Riviera Maya & Cancun Itinerary

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21 days in Bacalar, Riviera Maya & Cancun Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  2​h
1
Bacalar
— 4 nights
2
Tulum
— 9 nights
3
Cancun
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chicago

4
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Active Nature Bacalar. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bacalar: Mahahual (Maya Chan Beach, Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, get outside with Estromatolitos, and explore and take pictures at Num Ka'an Ranch.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bacalar trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Bacalar is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, Bacalar is much warmer than Chicago - with highs of 93°F and lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mahahual
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Scuba & Snorkeling
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry ©
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry

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 Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba), Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park, Rio Secreto, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 18th (Sat) at Xel-Ha. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Dos Ojos.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Bacalar to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. In May, Tulum is a bit cooler than Bacalar - with highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). Spend the 30th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, tee off at Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and stroll through Playa Delfines.

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

Drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in May, and nighttime lows around 75°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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