22 days in Cancun, Playa del Carmen & Tulum Itinerary

22 days in Cancun, Playa del Carmen & Tulum Itinerary

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Cancun
— 6 nights
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Playa del Carmen
— 8 nights
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Tulum
— 7 nights

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Cancun — 6 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Punta Sur and Ruins of the Temple of The Goddess Ixchel. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Isla Mujeres (Playa Lancheros & Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Interactive Aquarium.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun online holiday planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Cancun is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Frankfurt to Cancun, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Frankfurt in September, you will find days in Cancun are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much hotter (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playa del Carmen.
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Playa del Carmen — 8 nights

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get some cultural insight at Chichen Itza and Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Skydiving. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Spas (in Puerto Morelos) and Galeria-taller Ik-kan (in Valladolid). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, get to know the resident critters at Xaman Ha Aviary, enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Los Fundadores, and get in on the family fun at Xcaret.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tulum.
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Tulum — 7 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Tulum Archaeological Site and Ek Balam will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Zona Arqueologica de Coba and Mystika Immersive. Spend the 18th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, stroll through Caleta Tankha Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tulum are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C.
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