22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Merida
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Campeche
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Villahermosa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h
7
Palenque
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h
10
Puerto Aventuras
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Cancun

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.
Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Isla Mujeres (Guadalupe Chapel & Playa Norte). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28, appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip builder site .

If you are flying in from Russia, the closest major airports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. December in Cancun sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
Zipline
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, then delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

1
night
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 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya and then don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Merida travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Merida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Merida, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Merida

Museums
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Gran Museo del Mundo Maya ©
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc

1
night
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 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Puerta de Tierra and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zona Arquelogica Edzna.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Campeche trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Merida to Campeche takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Campeche are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Villahermosa.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites
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Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Puerta de Tierra ©
Puerta de Tierra

1
night
Villahermosa

Villahermosa ©
Villahermosa is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Tabasco, and the municipal seat of the Centro municipality. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Parque Museo La Venta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yumka, and then don't miss a visit to Comalcalco Pyramids.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Villahermosa trip maker site .

Drive from Campeche to Villahermosa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Campeche to Villahermosa due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Campeche in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Villahermosa: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Villahermosa

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Comalcalco Pyramids
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Parque Museo La Venta ©
Parque Museo La Venta
Yumka ©
Yumka

3
nights
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Cascada El Chiflon (in Comitan), Chiapa de Corzo (in Tuxtla Gutierrez) and Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero (in Chiapa de Corzo). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo del Ambar, stroll around Parque, take in the exciting artwork at Arteria Chiapas, and don't miss a visit to Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Cristobal de las Casas online tour planner .

You can drive from Villahermosa to San Cristobal de las Casas in 5 hours. In December in San Cristobal de las Casas, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Palenque.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, Cascada El Chiflon, Chiapa de Corzo
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Cascada El Chiflon ©
Cascada El Chiflon
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Museo del Ambar ©
Museo del Ambar

3
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo, and meet the residents at Aluxes Palenque.

To see more things to do and tourist information, go to the Palenque trip planning website .

You can take a bus from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Calakmul.

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

1
night
Calakmul

Calakmul
To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Calakmul trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Palenque to Calakmul takes 6 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. You will leave for Bacalar on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Calakmul

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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2
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Take a break from Bacalar with a short trip to Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben in Chacchoben, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, delve into the distant past at Pyramid of the Masks, get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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Drive from Calakmul to Bacalar in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Bacalar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Aventuras.

Things to do in Bacalar

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben, Pyramid of the Masks, Kinichna
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Pyramid of the Masks ©
Pyramid of the Masks
Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben ©
Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben

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nights
Puerto Aventuras

Puerto Aventuras ©
Powdery white-sand beaches bring hoards of tourists to Puerto Aventuras, a small but modern settlement on Mexico's popular Riviera Maya.
Puerto Aventuras is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, adventure, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Akumal Beach, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Mexicarte, explore the fascinating underground world of Aktun Chen, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yal-ku Lagoon.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Aventuras trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Bacalar to Puerto Aventuras in 3 hours. While traveling from Bacalar, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Puerto Aventuras, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Puerto Aventuras

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Akumal, Cenote Jardin del Eden
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Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aktun Chen ©
Aktun Chen

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