50 days in Mexico Itinerary

50 days in Mexico Itinerary

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50 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 25 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h
6
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Merida
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Akumal
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
9
Bacalar
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 45​min
End: Cancun

25
nights
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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, adventure, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tortugas, and don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. January in Cancun sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quintana Roo, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

3
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.
On the 6th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Los Fundadores and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen online trip maker .

Getting from Cancun to Playa del Carmen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Wildlife Spas
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Parque Los Fundadores ©
Parque Los Fundadores
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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 a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, explore the gorgeous colors at Two Eyes Cenote, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Cozumel

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef, and then explore the world behind art at Galo Art Studio.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip planning website .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

3
nights
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Isla Mujeres is known for beaches, wildlife, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres, and kick back and relax at Playa Norte.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres trip site .

Getting from Cozumel to Isla Mujeres by car takes about 4 hours. In February, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ossuary. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Celestan Biosphere Reserve, explore the gorgeous colors at Chinchorro Reef, then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables, and finally delve into the distant past at Las Monjas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Chichen Itza online tour builder .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Chichen Itza in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer than Isla Mujeres - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Yokdzonot
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Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uxmal (in Uxmal), Cenote Kankirixche (in Mucuyche) and Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve (in Celestun). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Celestun Wildlife Refuge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Merida trip planner .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Merida by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Merida, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Akumal.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Uxmal, Celestun Wildlife Refuge, Cenote Kankirixche, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve
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Celestun Wildlife Refuge ©
Celestun Wildlife Refuge
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

3
nights
Akumal

Akumal ©
The heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, small but busy beach town of Akumal represents one of the world's premier diving locations.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach and then explore the gorgeous colors at Yal-ku Lagoon. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Akumal online trip planner .

You can drive from Merida to Akumal in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Merida in February, expect nights in Akumal to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Akumal

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Puerto Aventuras
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Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aktun Chen ©
Aktun Chen

3
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bacalar: Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil (in Xpujil Town) and Mahahual (Costa Maya Port, Maya Chan Beach, & more). There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Pyramid of the Masks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bacalar online itinerary builder .

You can drive from Akumal to Bacalar in 3 hours. While traveling from Akumal, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mahahual, Pyramid of the Masks, Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil ©
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil
Pyramid of the Masks ©
Pyramid of the Masks

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