16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brussels
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Valladolid
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Merida
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Campeche
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Xpujil Town
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Tulum
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Brussels

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cancun day trip tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Cancun is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Cancun is minus 6 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in September: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Spas

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Casa de los Venados and Ek Balam. Change things up with these side-trips from Valladolid: Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus & Chichen Itza) and Ek Balam (in Temozon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Cenote Samula, see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Zaci.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Valladolid online journey planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Valladolid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Merida.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Ek Balam
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

2
nights
Merida

Merida ©
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.
On the 11th (Fri), examine the collection at Museo Casa Montejo, contemplate the long history of Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, and then admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral, and finally stroll around Parque de Las Americas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Merida day trip site.

You can drive from Valladolid to Merida in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 27°C in Merida. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Merida

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya ©
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan
Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

1
night
Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Puerta de Tierra and then steep yourself in history at Zona Arquelogica Edzna.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Campeche driving holiday website.

Drive from Merida to Campeche in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Xpujil Town.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Puerta de Tierra ©
Puerta de Tierra

1
night
Xpujil Town

Xpujil Town ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec, then explore the ancient world of Xpuhil, and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Xpujil Town road trip planner.

You can drive from Campeche to Xpujil Town in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bacalar.

Things to do in Xpujil Town

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec, Xpuhil
Highlights from your plan
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil ©
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil
Xpuhil ©
Xpuhil

1
night
Bacalar

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bacalar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Xpujil Town to Bacalar takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bacalar can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar

1
night
Mahahual

Mahahual ©
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mahahual tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Bacalar to Mahahual takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Mahahual sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry ©
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen & Xcaret). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, stop by Amore Latino Tulum, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Calavera, and don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tulum online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Mahahual to Tulum takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Mahahual in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Tulum, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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