26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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26 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 14 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
4
Bacalar
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Cancun

14
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 historical perspective at Punta Sur and Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Delfines and Playa Gaviota Azul. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Isla Mujeres (Isla Brewing Company, Playa Norte, &more). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, look for gifts at Plaza Las Americas, and tee off at Moon Palace Golf Course.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun online trip builder.

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major aiports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. August in Cancun sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Zona Arqueológica El Meco, Kukulcan Plaza
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Parque Los Fundadores and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, then stop by Fernando Rodriguez, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Skydiving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours

3
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.
On the 10th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the striking features of Sfer IK, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Miniature, and finally stop by Kaahal Home Tulum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers, explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, then Head underground at Gran Cenote, and finally kick back and relax at Akumal Beach.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum day trip site.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Akumal Beach
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

3
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil and Dzibanche. Get outdoors at Lake Bacalar and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Venture out of the city with trips to Mahahual (Costa Maya Port & Maya Chan Beach).

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Bacalar online trip maker.

Take a bus from Tulum to Bacalar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Tulum in September, you will find days in Bacalar are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mahahual, Dzibanche, Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil ©
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil
Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach

3
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.
On the 16th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, Head underground at Cenotes Cuzama, and then stroll through Homun Cenotes.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip maker.

You can drive from Bacalar to Chichen Itza in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenote Yokdzonot, Homun Cenotes, Cenotes Cuzama
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Homun Cenotes ©
Homun Cenotes

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