24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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24 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  23​h
1
Cancun
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Rio Lagartos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Valladolid
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Bacalar
— 2 nights
5
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
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
Fly:  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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Coco Bongo Cancun. Your inner history buff will appreciate Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Delfines and Playa Tortugas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Guadalupe Chapel). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Av Kukulkan, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cancun travel website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cancun is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cancun, with lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

1
night
Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the activities along Las Coloradas.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio Lagartos driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Cancun to Rio Lagartos in 3 hours. You will leave for Valladolid on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Parks Nature
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Las Coloradas ©
Las Coloradas

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Valladolid trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Rio Lagartos to Valladolid takes 1.5 hours. In November in Valladolid, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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2
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. You've now added Stand-Up Paddleboarding to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar, and then explore the ancient world of Kohunlich.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bacalar trip planner .

You can drive from Valladolid to Bacalar in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in November, plan for little chillier nights in Bacalar, with lows around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Kohunlich
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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.
Visiting Paradise Beach and Two Eyes Cenote will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Bacalar in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Tulum, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for Akumal.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll through Akumal Beach.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our Akumal online trip itinerary builder .

Akumal is just a stone's throw from Tulum. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Akumal

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

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.
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Galo Art Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Playa Palancar, and identify plant and animal life at Palancar Reef.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cozumel holiday planning site .

Drive from Akumal to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cozumel are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to 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.
Visit Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen for their historical value. We've included these beaches for you: Parque Los Fundadores and Riviera Maya. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, Head underground at Rio Secreto, and tee off at Playacar Golf Club.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. In December in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can 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): stroll through Xcacel Beach and then examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner .

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

Things to do in Cancun

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

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