20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

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20 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tulum
1
Tulum
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Soliman Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Tulum

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum route maker website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Cozumel International Airport and Cancún International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun, explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, then explore the fascinating underground world of Balankanche Cave, then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chichen Itza day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chichen Itza, with lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dzibichaltun, Cenote Yokdzonot
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
On the 21st (Sat), make a trip to Quinta Avenida and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, take the plunge with a skydiving experience and then find something for the whole family at Xcaret.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip builder .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chichen Itza in December; daily highs in Playa del Carmen reach 80°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

3
nights
Cozumel

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Palancar Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race and then get outside with Paradise Beach Cozumel.

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You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

3
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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, adventure, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Cozumel to Cancun in 3 hours. In December in Cancun, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Soliman Bay.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

2
nights
Soliman Bay

Soliman Bay ©
You've now added Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the Soliman Bay trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Soliman Bay takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 68°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Soliman Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret

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