18 days in Cancun, Tulum & Chichen Itza Itinerary

18 days in Cancun, Tulum & Chichen Itza Itinerary

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18 days in Cancun, Tulum & Chichen Itza Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chichen Itza
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Cancun
— 4 nights
End: Cancun

4
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Delfines and Playa Tortugas. Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Punta Sur). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cancun online sightseeing planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. In February, daytime highs in Cancun are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Interactive Aquarium ©
Interactive Aquarium
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

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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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Xcaret and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. When in Tulum, make a side trip to see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, approximately Coba away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tulum trip planner.

Drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Xcaret, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cenotes Cuzama (in Cuzama), Izamal (Convento de San Antonio de Padua, Izamal Ruins, &more) and Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant (in Homun). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, Head underground at Balankanche Cave, contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Kax Ek, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

To find reviews, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in March, expect Chichen Itza to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izamal, Cenote Yokdzonot, Cenote Kax Ek, Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant, Cenotes Cuzama
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

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nights
Cancun

Attractions like Croco Cun Zoo and Tortugranja make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon (in Isla Mujeres) and Palancar Reef (in Cozumel). Make the 10th (Tue) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. See some other sides of Cancun: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun.

Make your Cancun itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Cancun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in March: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Palancar Reef, Croco Cun Zoo
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Croco Cun Zoo ©
Croco Cun Zoo
Tortugranja ©
Tortugranja

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