42 days in Tulum, Merida & Mexico City Itinerary

42 days in Tulum, Merida & Mexico City Itinerary

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42 days in Tulum, Merida & Mexico City Itinerary

Start: Milan
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  17 h 45 min
1
Tulum
— 16 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Merida
— 14 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Mexico City
— 10 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Milan

16
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more), Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum travel planner.

Milan, Italy to Tulum is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Milan in January; daily highs in Tulum reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, EcoRanchoMayamar, Ek Balam
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
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Scuba & Snorkeling

14
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Merida: Uxmal (in Uxmal), Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena (in Santa Elena) and Homun (Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant & Homun Cenotes). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Ruta Puuc, explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and stroll through Celestun Wildlife Refuge.

Plan trip to Merida with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Tulum to Merida by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Tulum in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Merida, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Merida

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Homun, Cenote Ik kil, Mirador de Muna, Uxmal
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Gran Museo del Mundo Maya ©
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Uxmal ©
Uxmal

10
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: Puebla (Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), &more), Cuernavaca (Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco & Spanish Language Institute - Day Course) and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and contemplate the long history of National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City driving holiday app.

Getting from Merida to Mexico City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Merida to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Merida in February, with highs in Mexico City at 28°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Puebla, Cuernavaca, Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Spanish Language Institute - Day Course ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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