24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  23 h
1
Cancun
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Rio Lagartos
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Valladolid
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Akumal
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Playa del Carmen
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Cancun
— Few hours
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  23 h
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Cancun

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 more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary planning website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cancun is an approximately 24- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in November since evenings lows in Cancun dip to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 27:

few
hours
Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos
To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rio Lagartos online attractions planner.

Getting from Cancun to Rio Lagartos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:

1
night
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.
To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Valladolid trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Rio Lagartos to Valladolid in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bacalar.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:

2
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. On the 29th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de San Felipe.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bacalar tour itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Valladolid to Bacalar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bacalar when traveling from Valladolid in November, with lows around 24°C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Museums
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Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe

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.
Popular historic sites such as Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos and Sfer IK. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, stroll through Two Eyes Cenote, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum journey planner.

Traveling by bus from Bacalar to Tulum takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Bacalar in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tulum: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. You'll set off for Akumal on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

few
hours
Akumal

Akumal
The heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, small but busy beach town of Akumal represents one of the world's premier diving locations.
To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Akumal trip builder app.

Akumal is very close to Tulum. In December, daytime highs in Akumal are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Akumal

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

3
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.
Visit San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Galo Art Studio. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Palancar Reef, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Playa Palancar.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cozumel road trip website.

Drive from Akumal to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cozumel are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

7
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Rio Secreto. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, enjoy the sand and surf at Riviera Maya, admire the masterpieces at 3D Museum of Wonders, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen route planner.

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

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

few
hours
Cancun

Cancun ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Xcacel Beach and then see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Xcacel Beach ©
Xcacel Beach
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

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