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
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Cancun
— 7 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.
Family-friendly places like Interactive Aquarium and Playa Norte will thrill your kids. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Punta Sur (in Isla Mujeres) and Palancar Reef (in Cozumel). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, get in on the family fun at Xoximilco Cancun by Xcaret, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tortugas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Cancun trip itinerary builder site .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Palancar Reef
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Interactive Aquarium ©
Interactive Aquarium
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

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.
Family-friendly places like Xcaret and Akumal Beach will thrill your kids. When in Tulum, make a side trip to see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, approximately Coba away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, and stop by Kaahal Home Tulum.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tulum vacation builder app .

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tulum are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Xcaret, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

3
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), Cenote Kax Ek (in Tinum) and Cenote San Antonio (in Homun). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, and explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, Chichen Itza is somewhat warmer than Tulum - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenote Yokdzonot, Cenote Kax Ek, Cenote San Antonio, Cenotes Cuzama, Izamal Ruins
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

7
nights
Cancun

Cancun ©
Bring the kids along to Playa Norte and Croco Cun Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Puerto Morelos (Zipline & National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos) and Isla Mujeres (Tortugranja & Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon). 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, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun, and hunt for treasures at Mercado 28.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Cancun trip planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in March, with highs in Cancun at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Kukulcan Plaza
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Croco Cun Zoo ©
Croco Cun Zoo
Kukulcan Plaza ©
Kukulcan Plaza

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