22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Izamal
Drive:  1 h 15 min
1
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Rio Lagartos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Cancun
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Puerto Aventuras
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
7
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Bacalar
— 2 nights
End: Bacalar

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ossuary. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun, then explore the ancient world of Ake's Mayan ruins, then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip planning website.

Izamal to Chichen Itza is an approximately 1.5- hour car ride. Traveling from Izamal in April, expect nights in Chichen Itza to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are little chillier, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yucatan Peninsula
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), make a trip to Palacio Municipal, delve into the distant past at Ek Balam, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Palomitas, then Head underground at Zazil Tunich, and finally Head underground at Cenote Xux Ha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, stroll through Xkopek Parque Apicola, and then examine the collection at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Valladolid driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Valladolid takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Valladolid can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ek Balam
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Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken

2
nights
Rio Lagartos

Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac and then stroll through Parque Natural Ria Lagartos. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then explore the activities along Las Coloradas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rio Lagartos day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Rio Lagartos takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Photography Tours
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos ©
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac ©
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Torre Escenica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Guadalupe Chapel, Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, &more) and Puerto Morelos (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Parroquia Catolica de San Jose, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, stroll around arte Garden, and explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cancun day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rio Lagartos to Cancun takes 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cancun are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos
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National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
Spas
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palancar Reef and Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cozumel driving holiday planner.

Drive from Cancun to Cozumel in 3 hours. In April in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Puerto Aventuras.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
The Mayan Cacao Company ©
The Mayan Cacao Company

2
nights
Puerto Aventuras

Puerto Aventuras ©
Powdery white-sand beaches bring hoards of tourists to Puerto Aventuras, a small but modern settlement on Mexico's popular Riviera Maya.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach, explore the activities along Cenote Jardin del Eden, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Yal-ku Lagoon, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Mexicarte, and then stroll around EcoRanchoMayamar.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Aventuras trip planner.

You can drive from Cozumel to Puerto Aventuras in 2 hours. April in Puerto Aventuras sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Puerto Aventuras

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Akumal, Cenote Jardin del Eden
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EcoRanchoMayamar ©
EcoRanchoMayamar
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yal-ku Lagoon ©
Yal-ku Lagoon

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tulum trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Puerto Aventuras to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Tulum are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mahahual.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Mahahual

Mahahual
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Mahahual trip planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Mahahual in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in April: highs in Mahahual hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 28°C. You will leave for Bacalar on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

2
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Bacalar and Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids. Step out of Bacalar to go to Chetumal and see Kohunlich, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's more to do: glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and get outside with Estromatolitos.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bacalar online route planner.

Drive from Mahahual to Bacalar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Bacalar, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kohunlich
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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