11 days in Mexico Itinerary

11 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Merida
— 3 nights
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Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tulum
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Drive
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Cancun
— 2 nights
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Merida

— 3 nights
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Step out of Merida to go to Uxmal and see Uxmal, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc, admire the striking features of Plaza Grande, admire the masterpieces at Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay, and contemplate the long history of Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yuc√°tan.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Merida road trip planning tool.

Newark, USA to Merida is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Newark in August, things will get a bit warmer in Merida: highs are around 95°F and lows about 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Chichen Itza

— 2 nights
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 4th (Wed), Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man and then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza tour planner.

Drive from Merida to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Tulum

— 1 night
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 6th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum route site.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in August, with highs in Tulum at 86°F and lows at 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Playa del Carmen

— 1 night
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 8th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Cancun

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village and then go for a walk through Av Kukulkan. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Balance Cancun, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cancun route maker site.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cancun takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Cancun are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches · Parks

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.