5 days in Tulum & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

5 days in Tulum & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

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5 days in Tulum & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Tulum
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum online itinerary planner .

Chicago, USA to Tulum is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in October: highs in Tulum hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, identify plant and animal life at Chikin Ha, and then cool off at La Playa Xpuha. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Ambarte, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen day trip planning site .

Take a bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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