21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 10 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Calakmul
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Merida
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tulum
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Cancun

10
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Delfines and La Isla Shopping Village. Punta Sur and Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado will appeal to history buffs. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Tortugranja). Spend the 29th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, delve into the distant past with USA Transfers, go for a walk through Av Kukulkan, and contemplate the long history of El Rey Archaeological Zone.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cancun trip builder .

If you are flying in from Romania, the closest major airports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Alma's LDS Tours in Cancun ©
Alma's LDS Tours in Cancun
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

2
nights
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Calakmul Archaeological Zone and then examine the collection at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Calakmul online trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cancun to Calakmul. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Merida.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo, contemplate the long history of Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Merida Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Uxmal, then delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, and then look for gifts at Gandi Photographic Art.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Merida online sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Calakmul to Merida. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Valladolid.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Uxmal
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Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

2
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.
On the 6th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal, then admire the masterpieces at Casa de los Venados, then Head underground at Cenote Xkeken, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Servasio.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Valladolid road trip tool .

Drive from Merida to Valladolid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Valladolid. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chichen Itza
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akumal Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Gran Cenote and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum trip maker app .

You can drive from Valladolid to Tulum in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Valladolid in January: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Akumal Beach
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

2
nights
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 10th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, then stroll through Xpu-ha Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Los Fundadores.

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Take a bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Xpu-ha Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Los Fundadores ©
Parque Los Fundadores
Xpu-ha Beach ©
Xpu-ha Beach

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