5 days in Tulum & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

5 days in Tulum & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8 h 30 min
1
Tulum
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Chicago

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.
On the 21st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, and then stroll through Mayan Beach. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tulum attractions planner.

Chicago, USA to Tulum is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Chicago, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cenote Santa Cruz
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LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach

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 23rd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, then stroll through Chikin Ha, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Playa Xpuha. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Ambarte, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, La Playa Xpuha
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La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Scuba & Snorkeling
Chikin Ha ©
Chikin Ha

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