28 days in Mexico Itinerary

28 days in Mexico Itinerary

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28 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  14​h
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Tulum
— 1 night
bus:  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): stroll around arte Garden, then kick back and relax at Playa Marlin, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cancun trip planner .

Munich, Germany to Cancun is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Munich to Cancun. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Munich in December: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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

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, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, then kick back and relax at Xpu-ha Beach, and finally look for gifts at Little Bali. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip planner .

Drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Aventuras
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Xpu-ha Beach ©
Xpu-ha Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, Head underground at Cenote Santa Cruz, stroll through Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals, then take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach, and then view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tulum online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Another option is to drive. December in Tulum sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Valladolid.

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 is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Explore hidden gems such as Dzibanche and El Malecon de Chetumal. Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids. Step out of Bacalar with an excursion to Kohunlich in Chetumal--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Kinichna.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bacalar online travel planner .

Take a bus from Tulum to Bacalar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Tulum in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bacalar, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Valladolid.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Chetumal, Kinichna, Pyramid of the Masks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Dzibanche ©
Dzibanche
Kinichna ©
Kinichna

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Mayapan Traditional Agave Distillery, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Palomitas, then explore the fascinating underground world of Zazil Tunich, and finally don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Cenote Agua Dulce, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Saamal, then examine the collection at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Valladolid trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Bacalar to Valladolid takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bacalar in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Valladolid, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature 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): delve into the distant past at Ek Balam and then take in the dramatic natural features at X'Canche Cenote. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Fantasma, take 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 where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ek Balam Village travel planner.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Ek Balam Village takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cenote Fantasma, Santuario de los Santos Reyes, Ek Balam, Iglesia de San Jose
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll through Celestan Biosphere Reserve, then see the vivid underwater world at Chinchorro Reef, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Route (La Ruta Maya), and finally contemplate the long history of Yaxuna.

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Traveling by car from Ek Balam Village to Chichen Itza takes an hour. January in Chichen Itza sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uxmal.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Yaxuna, Cenote Yokdzonot
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Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot
Yaxuna ©
Yaxuna
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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night
Uxmal

Uxmal ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Kabah, see the interesting displays at Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, see the interesting displays at Choco Story, then head outdoors with Mirador de Muna, and finally don't miss a visit to Uxmal.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Uxmal trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Uxmal by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Chichen Itza in January, Uxmal is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Uxmal

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kabah, Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, Mirador de Muna
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Choco Story ©
Choco Story
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, stroll the grounds of Cementario General, and then explore the striking landscape at Cenote X Batun. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Patria, then enjoy the sand and surf at Progreso Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Xcambo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Merida trip planner .

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

Things to do in Merida

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Xcambo
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Cenote X Batun ©
Cenote X Batun
Cementario General ©
Cementario General
Spas

3
nights
Rio Lagartos

Escape the urban bustle at Photography Tours and Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Natural Ria Lagartos and Las Coloradas. When in Rio Lagartos, make a side trip to see El Cuyo Beaches in El Cuyo, approximately 1h 30 min away.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rio Lagartos tour builder site .

You can drive from Merida to Rio Lagartos in 3 hours. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

El Cuyo Beaches
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Photography Tours
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos ©
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac ©
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac

5
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Punta Coco Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Refugio Holbox and Yum Balam Reserve.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Holbox Island online route planner .

Explore your travel options from Rio Lagartos to Holbox Island with the Route module. 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 time for travel back home.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island