24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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24 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  5​h
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h 45​min
2
Holbox Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h 45​min
3
Rio Lagartos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Merida
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Uxmal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Valladolid
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Calakmul
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
9
Cancun
— 1 night
Fly + foot:  7​h
End: New York City


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2
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.
For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Cancun day trip tool .

New York City, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 82°F and lows are around 70°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Holbox Island.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Av Kukulkan ©
Av Kukulkan

2
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the activities along Yalahau Lagoon and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Holbox Island, view the masterpieces at La Choza de Fito, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Holbox Island online trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cancun to Holbox Island. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas

2
nights
Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos ©
On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Parque Natural Ria Lagartos and then contemplate the waterfront views at Las Coloradas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rio Lagartos trip maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Holbox Island to Rio Lagartos. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Merida.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Santuario de los Santos Reyes
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Parque Natural Ria Lagartos ©
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos
Santuario de los Santos Reyes ©
Santuario de los Santos Reyes
Las Coloradas ©
Las Coloradas

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cenotes Cuzama (in Cuzama) and Mangroves of Dzinitun (in Celestun). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Mayapan Mayan Ruins, kick back and relax at Celestun, examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and contemplate the long history of Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Merida trip app .

Traveling by car from Rio Lagartos to Merida takes 3 hours. In December in Merida, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Uxmal.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cenotes Cuzama, Celestun Wildlife Refuge, Mangroves of Dzinitun
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Celestun ©
Celestun
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins
Celestun Wildlife Refuge ©
Celestun Wildlife Refuge

2
nights
Uxmal

Uxmal ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cenote Kankirixche, explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas de Calcehtok, then head outdoors with Mirador de Muna, and finally get engrossed in the history at Choco Story.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uxmal travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Merida to Uxmal takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Valladolid.

Things to do in Uxmal

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kabah, Cenote Kankirixche, Mirador de Muna, Grutas de Calcehtok
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Grutas de Calcehtok ©
Grutas de Calcehtok
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Kabah ©
Kabah

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chichen Itza and The Ossuary. Escape the urban bustle at Cenote Ik kil and Cenote Zaci. Change things up with these side-trips from Valladolid: Ek Balam (in Temozon), Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village) and Chichen Itza (Temple of the Bearded Man, Plataforma de Venus, & more). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Zazil Tunich, contemplate the long history of Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Servasio.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Valladolid trip planner .

Traveling by car from Uxmal to Valladolid takes 3 hours. Traveling from Uxmal in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 75°F in Valladolid. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tulum.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Ek Balam
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Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

4
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.
You've now added Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá to your itinerary. Relax by the water at Paradise Beach and Mayan Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cenotes Sac Actun. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, make a trip to Plastic Flamingo, and take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Valladolid to Tulum by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in January, expect Tulum to be little chillier, temps between 78°F and 66°F. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Calakmul.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Calakmul journey builder tool .

You can drive from Tulum to Calakmul in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cancun.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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1
night
Cancun

Cancun ©
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Calakmul to Cancun in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cancun

Historic Sites Shopping
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Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad ©
Joyería Ambarte ©
Joyería Ambarte