18 days in Tulum, Cancun & San Juan Teotihuacan Itinerary

18 days in Tulum, Cancun & San Juan Teotihuacan Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h 30 min
1
Tulum
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Cancun
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Subway + Bus:  6 h
3
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

7
nights
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Convent of San Bernardino of Siena. Get in touch with nature at Gran Cenote and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Cozumel (BALAM Art Painted on Feathers, The Amazing Cozumel Race, &more), Valladolid (Catedral de San Servasio, Cenote Samula, &more) and Cenote Cristalino (in Playa del Carmen). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tulum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tulum Beach.

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Los Angeles, USA to Tulum is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in May; daily highs in Tulum reach 85°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Valladolid, Cozumel, Scuba & Snorkeling, Cenote Cristalino
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cenotes Sac Actun ©
Cenotes Sac Actun
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at La Isla Shopping Village and El Rey Archaeological Zone. Take a break from the city and head to Swim with Dolphins and Xcacel Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Puerto Morelos (Nature & Wildlife Tours & National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Chacmool, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Marlin, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica El Meco.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Playa Marlin ©
Playa Marlin
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

4
nights
San Juan Teotihuacan

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Palacio de Tepantitla. Take a break from the city and head to Flying Pictures Mexico and Balloon Rides. Explore San Juan Teotihuacan's surroundings by going to Centro Interactivo Mundo Futbol (in Pachuca) and Temple San Francisco Javier (in Tepotzotlan). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Teotihuacan Pyramids, make a trip to Convento Agustino, explore the ancient world of Ex Convent of Acolman, and contemplate the long history of Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Juan Teotihuacan online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cancun to San Juan Teotihuacan in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to San Juan Teotihuacan is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Convento Agustino, Centro Interactivo Mundo Futbol, Ex Convent of Acolman, Temple San Francisco Javier
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Ex Convent of Acolman ©
Ex Convent of Acolman
Palacio de Tepantitla ©
Palacio de Tepantitla

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