9 days in Mexico Itinerary

9 days in Mexico Itinerary

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9 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Little Rock
+3
Fly + taxi + ferry + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Tulum
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Coba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Valladolid
— 2 nights
4
Cancun
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
Puerto Morelos
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Little Rock


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1
night
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 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach, then look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tulum trip planner.

Little Rock, USA to Tulum is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight, ferry, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Little Rock in September, Tulum is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Coba.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Akumal Beach
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Kaahal Home Tulum ©
Kaahal Home Tulum

1
night
Coba

Coba ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and then Head underground at Sac Ac Tun.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Coba online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Coba takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 79°F in Coba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Coba

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

2
nights
Valladolid

Valladolid ©
One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): examine the collection at Choco-Story Valladolid, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, and then Head underground at Cenote Xkeken. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Ek Balam, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Palomitas, and then Head underground at Zazil Tunich.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Valladolid journey planner .

Getting from Coba to Valladolid by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ek Balam, Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Choco-Story Valladolid ©
Choco-Story Valladolid

1
night
Cancun

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 3rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Delfines and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Valladolid to Cancun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in October, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Puerto Morelos.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

1
night
Puerto Morelos

A small seaport at the tip of Yucatan Peninsula, pleasant Puerto Morelos offers a good alternative for visitors seeking a quieter beach vacation with plenty of tourist amenities.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get to know the resident critters at Croco Cun Zoo, and then sample the fine beverages at Tequila Factory Cancun.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Morelos trip maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Cancun to Puerto Morelos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Puerto Morelos are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Puerto Morelos

Spas Breweries & Distilleries Zoos & Aquariums
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Spas
Croco Cun Zoo ©
Croco Cun Zoo
Tequila Factory Cancun ©
Tequila Factory Cancun

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): make a splash at Xcaret Park and then admire the masterpieces at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip itinerary website .

Drive from Puerto Morelos to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Shopping Museums
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Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida
Vidrio Soplado Mexicano ©
Vidrio Soplado Mexicano

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