22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cancun
— 4 nights
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
3
Merida
— 1 night
4
Campeche
— 1 night
5
Villahermosa
— 1 night
6
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 3 nights
7
Palenque
— 3 nights
8
Calakmul
— 1 night
9
Bacalar
— 2 nights
10
Puerto Aventuras
— 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Guadalupe Chapel & Playa Norte). There's still lots to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip tool.

If you are flying in from Russia, the closest major aiports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, thenexplore the ancient world of The Ossuary, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary app.

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

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

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.
Start 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 ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Merida attractions planning website.

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, Merida is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Merida

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Puerta de Tierra and then steep yourself in history at Zona Arquelogica Edzna.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Campeche trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Merida to Campeche takes 2.5 hours. In December in Campeche, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to 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. On the 23rd (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Parque Museo La Venta, thenstroll through Yumka, and then don't miss a visit to Comalcalco Pyramids.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Villahermosa attractions planner.

You can drive from Campeche to Villahermosa in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Campeche, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Villahermosa, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough 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. Explore San Cristobal de las Casas' surroundings by going to Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero (in Chiapa de Corzo), Cascada El Chiflon (in Comitan) and Chiapa de Corzo (in Tuxtla Gutierrez). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo del Ambar, take in the exciting artwork at Arteria Chiapas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, and walk around Parque.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Cristobal de las Casas online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Villahermosa to San Cristobal de las Casas takes 5 hours. December in San Cristobal de las Casas sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle 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
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Palenque trip app.

You can take a shuttle from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios

1
night
Calakmul

Calakmul
For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Calakmul trip planner.

Drive from Palenque to Calakmul in 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

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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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. Step out of Bacalar to go to Chacchoben and see Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar, delve into the distant past at Kinichna, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de San Felipe.

Discover how to plan a Bacalar trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Calakmul to Bacalar in 4 hours. In December in Bacalar, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Aventuras.

Things to do in Bacalar

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kinichna, Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben, Pyramid of the Masks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Pyramid of the Masks ©
Pyramid of the Masks

4
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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Akumal Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Aktun Chen, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore the galleries of Mexicarte.

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Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Bacalar to Puerto Aventuras takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bacalar in January: highs in Puerto Aventuras hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Puerto Aventuras

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Akumal, Cenote Jardin del Eden
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aktun Chen ©
Aktun Chen

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