24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
+2
Train + Bus + 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
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  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.
To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Cancun online travel planner.

New York City, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, train, and flight; or drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Cancun at 82°F and lows at 70°F. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Swim with Dolphins
Av Kukulkan ©
Av Kukulkan

2
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
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.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Holbox Island holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cancun to Holbox Island. In December, daily temperatures in Holbox Island can reach 82°F, while at night they dip 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
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island

2
nights
Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Natural Ria Lagartos and then explore the activities along Las Coloradas.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rio Lagartos trip maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Holbox Island to Rio Lagartos. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Nature Parks 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mayapan Ruins and Casa Museo Montes Molina. Get outdoors at Celestun and Mangroves of Dzinitun. Change things up with a short trip to Cenotes Cuzama in Cuzama (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Merida Cathedral.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Merida day trip planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Uxmal.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Uxmal

Uxmal ©
On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cenote Kankirixche, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas de Calcehtok, then get outside with Mirador de Muna, and finally get engrossed in the history at Choco Story uxmal.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uxmal trip builder tool.

Drive from Merida to Uxmal in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Uxmal can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Valladolid.

Things to do in Uxmal

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grutas de Calcehtok, Cenote Kankirixche, Mirador de Muna, Kabah
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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.
Visit Chichen Itza and Temple of the Bearded Man for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Zazil Tunich and Cenote Ik kil. Change things up with these side-trips from Valladolid: Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village), Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus, Las Monjas, &more) and Ek Balam (in Temozon). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Zaci, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Servasio.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Valladolid trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Uxmal to Valladolid takes 3 hours. Traveling from Uxmal in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Valladolid, with lows around 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Tulum.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Paradise Beach and Cenotes Sac Actun. Step out of Tulum to go to Playa del Carmen and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower, kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, and make a trip to Plastic Flamingo.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Valladolid to Tulum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, Tulum is slightly colder than Valladolid - with highs of 78°F and lows of 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

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

2
nights
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Calakmul visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Calakmul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for Cancun.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone
Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul ©

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 8.5 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 ©
Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad
Joyería Ambarte ©
Joyería Ambarte

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