20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico attractions planner

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Cancun
— 2 nights
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Holbox Island
— 3 nights
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Rio Lagartos
— 1 night
Drive
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Merida
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Palenque
— 1 day
Shuttle
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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 1 night
Fly to Cancun, Bus to Bacalar
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Bacalar
— 2 nights
Bus
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Puerto Morelos
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cancun
— 1 night
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Cancun

— 2 nights
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.
To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun visit website.

Baden-Baden, Germany to Cancun is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. While traveling from Baden-Baden, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cancun, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nightlife

Holbox Island

— 3 nights
Holbox Island is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Punta Cocos.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Holbox Island trip itinerary maker site.

Explore your travel options from Cancun to Holbox Island with the Route module. In June, daily temperatures in Holbox Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. You'll set off for Rio Lagartos on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Rio Lagartos

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Las Coloradas. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on Rio Lagartos Tours and then explore the activities along Las Coloradas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio Lagartos trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Holbox Island to Rio Lagartos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Merida

— 3 nights
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
You've now added Cenotes Cuzama to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grutas de Calcehtok and Oxkintok. Change things up with a short trip to Cenote Kankirixche in Mucuyche (about 56 minutes away).

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Merida trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Rio Lagartos to Merida takes 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Merida can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Merida

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Palenque

— 1 day
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
On the 22nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier" and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Palenque driving holiday app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Merida to Palenque in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Palenque

Museums · Parks · Nature

San Cristobal de las Casas

— 1 night
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. On the 23rd (Wed), stroll around El Arcotete Parque Ecoturístico, shop like a local with Arteria Chiapas, then examine the collection at Steps in San Cristobal, and finally examine the collection at Museo Centro Cultural Altos de Chiapas.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas journey maker tool.

Take a shuttle from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums · Parks · Shopping

Bacalar

— 2 nights
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Azul and then head outdoors with Estromatolitos. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at Masajes Txape and then get outside with Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bacalar trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from San Cristobal de las Casas to Bacalar by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas to Bacalar, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in June, Bacalar is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly to Puerto Morelos.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Spas
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Puerto Morelos

— 1 night

Jewel of Mexican Caribbean

A small seaport at the tip of Yucatan Peninsula, pleasant Puerto Morelos offers a good alternative for visitors seeking a quieter beach vacation with plenty of tourist amenities.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Parroquia Catolica de San Jose and then kick back and relax at Playa de Puerto Morelos. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Super Casa Martin, then fulfill a lifelong dream with Delphinus Puerto Morelos, and then hike along La Ruta de los Cenotes.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Morelos trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bacalar to Puerto Morelos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bacalar in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Puerto Morelos: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Puerto Morelos

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Tulum

— 2 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, Head underground at Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum, then explore the activities along Laguna Kaan Luum, and finally make a trip to Plastic Flamingo. On the next day, head outdoors with Tankah, then browse for treasures at Mexicarte, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Puerto Morelos to Tulum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Cancun

— 1 night
On the 30th (Wed), get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours
Highlights from your trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Zipline
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.