22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cancun
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cancun
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Merida
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Bacalar
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
5
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Cancun

2
nights
Isla Mujeres

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): make a trip to El Centro. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then meet the residents at Tortugranja, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Isla Mujeres using our trip planner.

Cancun to Isla Mujeres is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. November in Isla Mujeres sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
Tortugranja ©
Tortugranja

7
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Palancar Reef (in Cozumel) and Puerto Morelos (Parroquia Catolica de San Jose & Spas). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, tee off at Moon Palace Golf Course, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cancun road trip planning website .

You can drive from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in 1.5 hours. November in Cancun sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos, Palancar Reef
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 28:
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok ©
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok

3
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.
On the 29th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo and then explore the ancient world of Uxmal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Mayapan Mayan Ruins, then examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Merida trip planner .

Fly from Cancun to Merida in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November in Merida, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Bacalar.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Uxmal
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

3
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. On the 2nd (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Bacalar and then explore the ancient world of Pyramid of the Masks. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then get a taste of life in the country at Num Ka'an Ranch.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Bacalar online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Merida to Bacalar takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bacalar can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Pyramid of the Masks, Museum de la cultura maya
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Pyramid of the Masks ©
Pyramid of the Masks
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Sfer IK, and stop by Kaahal Home Tulum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tulum route planner .

Getting from Bacalar to Tulum by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Bacalar in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tulum: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, then explore the ancient world of La Iglesia, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Balankanche Cave, delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun, explore the ancient world of Ake's Mayan ruins, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza planner .

Drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around 28°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Yokdzonot, Xcajum
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

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