8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Drive:  2 h
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Cancun

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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.
For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres attractions planner.

Cancun to Isla Mujeres is an approximately 1.5- hour car ride. In December in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Playa del Carmen.

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Rey Archaeological Zone and Ambarte. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Parque Los Fundadores. Take a break from Playa del Carmen with a short trip to Playa Delfines in Cancun, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Frida Kahlo.

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Traveling by car from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. In December in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Beaches Theme 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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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 22nd (Sun): explore the gorgeous colors at Two Eyes Cenote, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Miniature, and then delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, then explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tulum in December since evenings lows in Chichen Itza dip to 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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