20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

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20 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Tulum
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
5
Bacalar
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
6
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
8
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Rio Lagartos
— 2 nights
Travel:  3 h 45 min
10
Holbox Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3 h 45 min
End: Cancun

1
night
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 27th (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cancun road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. Mai in Cancun sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

3
nights
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Isla Mujeres is known for beaches, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, observe the fascinating underwater world at Tortugranja, don't miss a visit to El Centro, and look for gifts at Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1.5 hours. Mai in Isla Mujeres sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Isla Mujeres to Cozumel takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in Mai, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

2
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.
For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum travel planner.

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by car takes about 2.5 hours. Juni in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Gran Cenote ©
Gran Cenote

3
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de San Felipe and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bacalar trip builder tool .

You can take a bus from Tulum to Bacalar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Tulum in Juni, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Pyramid of the Masks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Pyramid of the Masks ©
Pyramid of the Masks

1
night
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 8th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Xcaret.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen tour planning tool .

Take a bus from Bacalar to Playa del Carmen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bacalar in Juni, you will find days in Playa del Carmen are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret

1
night
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 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, then delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man. On your second day here, explore the activities along Xcajum and then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Playa del Carmen in Juni; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenote Yokdzonot, Xcajum
Highlights from your plan
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Plaza e Parque Francisco Canton.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Valladolid trip planner.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Valladolid in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In Juni in Valladolid, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ek Balam
Highlights from your plan
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Plaza e Parque Francisco Canton ©
Plaza e Parque Francisco Canton

2
nights
Rio Lagartos

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio Lagartos: Santuario de los Santos Reyes (in Tizimin) and El Cuyo Beaches (in El Cuyo). Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Natural Ria Lagartos.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rio Lagartos trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Valladolid to Rio Lagartos in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

El Cuyo Beaches, Santuario de los Santos Reyes
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos ©
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos
Santuario de los Santos Reyes ©
Santuario de los Santos Reyes

1
night
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Holbox, then explore the galleries of La Choza de Fito, and then step off the mainland to explore Holbox Island.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Holbox Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rio Lagartos to Holbox Island. In Juni, daily temperatures in Holbox Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island

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