8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cancun
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Tulum
— 2 nights
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
End: Cancun

1
night
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.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres online travel route planner .

Cancun to Isla Mujeres is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In December, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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3
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Delfines. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Rey Archaeological Zone and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Xcaret Park, explore the world behind art at Frida Kahlo Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Ambarte, and enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Los Fundadores.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen journey builder tool .

You can drive from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. December in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Cancun
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Scuba & Snorkeling
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone
Parque Los Fundadores ©
Parque Los Fundadores

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the gorgeous colors at Two Eyes Cenote, get a taste of the local shopping with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and then explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum travel route planning site .

Traveling by bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Tulum sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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 24th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chichen Itza day trip planning site .

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in December, Chichen Itza is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 75°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
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Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

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