28 days in Mexico Itinerary

28 days in Mexico Itinerary

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28 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Xpujil Town
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Palenque
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Villahermosa
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Campeche
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
9
Izamal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
11
Rio Lagartos
— 2 nights
Travel:  3 h 45 min
12
Holbox Island
— 4 nights
Travel:  3 h 45 min
13
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
14
Coba
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
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.
Plan a Cancun trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cancun is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in July: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tulum Archaeological Site, Casa Cenote and Cenotes Sac Actun. On the 16th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun and then explore the activities along Casa Cenote.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. July in Tulum sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cenotes Sac Actun ©
Cenotes Sac Actun
Casa Cenote ©
Casa Cenote

2
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar and then take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de San Felipe.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bacalar day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Tulum to Bacalar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in July: highs in Bacalar hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Xpujil Town.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe

1
night
Xpujil Town

Xpujil Town ©
On the 19th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Xpuhil and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Xpujil Town trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Bacalar to Xpujil Town in 2 hours. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Palenque.

Things to do in Xpujil Town

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Xpuhil
Highlights from your plan
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil ©
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil
Xpuhil ©
Xpuhil

2
nights
Palenque

Palenque
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls.

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

Traveling by car from Xpujil Town to Palenque takes 5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Palenque

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

3
nights
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Cristobal de las Casas: Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero (in Chiapa de Corzo) and Chiapa de Corzo (in Tuxtla Gutierrez). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo del Carmen, make a trip to Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and view the masterpieces at Arteria Chiapas.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Cristobal de las Casas online tour planner .

You can take a bus from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for Villahermosa.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, Chiapa de Corzo
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas ©
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Villahermosa

Villahermosa ©
Villahermosa is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Tabasco, and the municipal seat of the Centro municipality. On the 25th (Sat), stroll around Parque Museo La Venta and then make a trip to Comalcalco Pyramids.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Villahermosa day trip app .

You can drive from San Cristobal de las Casas to Villahermosa in 5 hours. Traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Villahermosa, with lows around 28°C. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Campeche.

Things to do in Villahermosa

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Comalcalco Pyramids
Highlights from your plan
Parque Museo La Venta ©
Parque Museo La Venta

1
night
Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tee off at Campeche Country Club and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Campeche.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Campeche trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Villahermosa to Campeche takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Izamal.

Things to do in Campeche

Fun & Games Golf Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Campeche Country Club ©
Campeche Country Club

3
nights
Izamal

Izamal ©
Izamal is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 72 km (about 40 miles) east of state capital Mérida, in southern Mexico.Izamal was continuously occupied throughout most of Mesoamerican chronology; in 2000, the city's estimated population was 15,000 people. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Izamal: Cenote Sambula (in Motul), Cenotes Cuzama (in Cuzama) and Homun (Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant & Cenote San Antonio). It doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal and delve into the distant past at Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo.

Before you visit Izamal, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Campeche to Izamal by car takes about 3 hours. July in Izamal sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Izamal

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Homun, Cenotes Cuzama, Cenote Sambula
Highlights from your plan
Cenotes Cuzama ©
Cenotes Cuzama
Cenote San Antonio ©
Cenote San Antonio
Cenote Sambula ©
Cenote Sambula

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 30th (Thu): Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Chinchorro Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Kax Ek, hike along Mayan Route (La Ruta Maya), then delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza journey planner.

You can drive from Izamal to Chichen Itza in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Yokdzonot, Cenote Kax Ek
Highlights from your plan
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

2
nights
Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de los Santos Reyes, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Las Coloradas. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Natural Ria Lagartos.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Rio Lagartos trip planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Rio Lagartos by car takes about 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Mon) before leaving for Holbox Island.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santuario de los Santos Reyes
Highlights from your plan
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos ©
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos
Photography Tours
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac ©
Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac

4
nights
Holbox Island

categoryPhrases.sentence.Spend_the_day_observing_fascinating_marine_mammals_with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Holbox Island itinerary builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rio Lagartos to Holbox Island. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cancun.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island

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night
Cancun

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun attractions planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Holbox Island to Cancun. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cancun

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Spas

2
nights
Coba

Coba ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Cenote Fantasma (in Chemax) and The Spider Monkey Reserve (in Punta Laguna).

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Coba itinerary planner.

Drive from Cancun to Coba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Coba

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cenote Fantasma, The Spider Monkey Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Multum Ha Cenote ©
Multum Ha Cenote

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