8 days in Cancun & Tulum Itinerary

8 days in Cancun & Tulum Itinerary

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8 days in Cancun & Tulum Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  10​h
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Tulum
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  10​h
End: Seattle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines and then tour the pleasant surroundings at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos.

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Seattle, USA to Cancun is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in March; daily highs in Cancun reach 82°F and lows reach 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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Shark Diving
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

5
nights
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Beach and Cenote Santa Cruz. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cenotes Sac Actun. Venture out of the city with trips to La Playa Xpuha (in Xpu-Ha), Museo de la Isla de Cozumel (in Cozumel) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers.

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You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Tulum are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cozumel, La Playa Xpuha, Ek Balam, Cenote Santa Cruz
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha

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