28 days in Mexico Itinerary

28 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Munich
Fly:  14 h
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Tulum
— 1 night
Shuttle:  2 h 45 min
4
Bacalar
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Ek Balam Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Uxmal
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Merida
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Rio Lagartos
— 3 nights
Travel:  3 h 45 min
11
Holbox Island
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Munich


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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): walk around arte Garden, stroll through Playa Marlin, thenget a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Cancun online trip planner.

Munich, Germany to Cancun is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Munich in December: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Playa Marlin ©
Playa Marlin
Zona Arqueológica El Meco ©
Zona Arqueológica El Meco
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun, steep yourself in history at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Xpu-ha Beach, and finally stop by Little Bali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Aventuras
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Xpu-ha Beach ©
Xpu-ha Beach
Skydiving

1
night
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
On the 26th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz, stroll through Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals, thenexplore the galleries of Balam Art On Feathers, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach, and then browse the exhibits of Art Gallery Miniature.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tulum trip planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Akumal
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Shark Diving
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach
Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz

3
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dzibanche and Kayaking & Canoeing. Popular historic sites such as Kohunlich and Pyramid of the Masks are in your itinerary. Step out of Bacalar to go to Chetumal and see El Malecon de Chetumal, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Kinichna and head outdoors with Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bacalar road trip tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Tulum to Bacalar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tulum in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chetumal, Kinichna, Pyramid of the Masks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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El Malecon de Chetumal ©
El Malecon de Chetumal
Dzibanche ©
Dzibanche
Kohunlich
Kohunlich

2
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.
On the 31st (Tue), sample the fine beverages at Mayapan Traditional Agave Distillery, contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Palomitas, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Zazil Tunich, and finally make a trip to Palacio Municipal. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Cenote Agua Dulce, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Saamal, thenexamine the collection at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Valladolid trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Bacalar to Valladolid by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Valladolid when traveling from Bacalar in December, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Valladolid

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Cenote Agua Dulce ©
Cenote Agua Dulce
Cenote Palomitas ©
Cenote Palomitas

2
nights
Ek Balam Village

Ek Balam Village ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Ek Balam and then explore the striking landscape at X'Canche Cenote. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Fantasma, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de los Santos Reyes, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Jose.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ek Balam Village online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Ek Balam Village takes an hour. In January in Ek Balam Village, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Jose, Ek Balam, Santuario de los Santos Reyes, Cenote Fantasma
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam
Iglesia de San Jose ©
Iglesia de San Jose
Santuario de los Santos Reyes ©
Santuario de los Santos Reyes

2
nights
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 4th (Sat), stroll through Celestan Biosphere Reserve, see the vivid underwater world at Chinchorro Reef, thenexplore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, thenexplore the ancient world of The Ossuary, thentrek along Mayan Route (La Ruta Maya), and finally explore the ancient world of Yaxuna.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza online vacation planner.

You can drive from Ek Balam Village to Chichen Itza in an hour. January in Chichen Itza sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uxmal.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Yokdzonot, Yaxuna
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Chinchorro Reef
Chinchorro Reef
Yaxuna ©
Yaxuna
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

1
night
Uxmal

Uxmal ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Kabah, examine the collection at Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, thentake an in-depth tour of Choco Story uxmal, thenget outside with Mirador de Muna, and finally contemplate the long history of Uxmal.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Uxmal route planning site.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Uxmal in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Uxmal when traveling from Chichen Itza in January, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Kabah, Mirador de Muna, Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Choco Story uxmal ©
Choco Story uxmal
Mirador de Muna ©
Mirador de Muna

3
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 7th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenstroll the grounds of Cementario General, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote X Batun. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Patria, thenkick back and relax at Progreso Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Xcambo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Merida online road trip planner.

Getting from Uxmal to Merida by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Merida can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Xcambo
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Cenote X Batun ©
Cenote X Batun
Xcambo ©
Xcambo
Cementario General ©
Cementario General

3
nights
Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Parque Natural Ria Lagartos. Get in touch with nature at El Cuyo Beaches and Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio Lagartos day trip planner.

You can drive from Merida to Rio Lagartos in 3 hours. You will leave for Holbox Island on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

El Cuyo Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac ©
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac
Photography Tours
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos ©
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos

5
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Get outdoors at Holbox Island and Refugio Holbox. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Yum Balam Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Holbox Island online travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rio Lagartos to Holbox Island. In January in Holbox Island, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island

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