24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Munich
Fly:  14 h
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
2
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3 h
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Merida
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Bacalar
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  2 h 45 min
6
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Taxi:  2 h
8
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Munich

3
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.
Visit Zona Arqueologica El Rey and Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Swim with Dolphins and Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip planning tool.

Munich, Germany to Cancun is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Munich to Cancun. Traveling from Munich in December, expect Cancun to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Golf Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok ©
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok
Zona Arqueologica El Rey ©
Zona Arqueologica El Rey

2
nights
Isla Mujeres

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 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Isla Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, thenexplore the ancient world of Punta Sur, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Cancun to Isla Mujeres by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Guadalupe Chapel ©
Guadalupe Chapel

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 25th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, thenexplore the ancient world of The Ossuary, thenexplore the ancient world of Las Monjas, and finally delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chichen Itza online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Chichen Itza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Jesus, explore the ancient world of Mayapan Archaeological Zone, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Posheria Merida. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Merida route planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Merida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Merida. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bacalar.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Mayapan Archaeological Zone ©
Mayapan Archaeological Zone
Iglesia de Jesus ©
Iglesia de Jesus
Posheria Merida ©
Posheria Merida

4
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Get outdoors at Maya Chan Beach and Lake Bacalar. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil and Pyramid of the Masks. Explore Bacalar's surroundings by going to Mahahual (Spas & Scuba & Snorkeling).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bacalar trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Merida to Bacalar takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Bacalar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mahahual, Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil, Pyramid of the Masks
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Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil ©
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar

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.
Get some historical perspective at Tulum Archaeological Site and Ek Balam. Get a sense of the local culture at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and Art Gallery Miniature. Go for a jaunt from Tulum to Sian Ka'an to see Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, browse the exhibits of Balam Art On Feathers, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun.

Before you visit Tulum, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a shuttle from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bacalar in December, expect nights in Tulum to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Ek Balam, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

3
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playacar Golf Club. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and take in the exciting artwork at Ambarte.

Find out how to plan Playa del Carmen trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Zipline
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playacar Golf Club ©
Playacar Golf Club

4
nights
Cozumel

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Galo Art Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cozumel Pearl Farm. There's lots more to do: play a few rounds at Cozumel Country Club, experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef, and explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cozumel online day trip planner.

Drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Cozumel Country Club ©
Cozumel Country Club

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