5 days in Cancun, Tulum & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

5 days in Cancun, Tulum & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  3 h
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Mexico City

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 25th (Fri): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip planner.

Mexico City to Cancun is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Cancun: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Shopping
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La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. You'll get in some beach time at Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tulum day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen online trip maker.

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Xcaret ©
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Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen ©
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen

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