9 days in Playa del Carmen, Tulum & Chichen Itza Itinerary

9 days in Playa del Carmen, Tulum & Chichen Itza Itinerary

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9 days in Playa del Carmen, Tulum & Chichen Itza Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 15​min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
3
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Playa del Carmen is known for theme parks, wildlife, adventure, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a splash at Xcaret Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Xaman Ha Aviary, Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen vacation maker tool .

London, UK to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. In November, Playa del Carmen is warmer than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tulum to Coba to see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, stroll through Paradise Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tulum online travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

2
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 7th (Sat), explore the ancient world of La Iglesia, contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, and finally explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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