7 days in Tulum & Cancun Itinerary

7 days in Tulum & Cancun Itinerary

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7 days in Tulum & Cancun Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h
1
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cancun
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: San Francisco

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza & Temple of the Bearded Man), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, make a trip to Plastic Flamingo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tulum trip maker site .

San Francisco, USA to Tulum is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Chichen Itza, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, stop by Tattooarte, and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cancun trip planner.

Getting from Tulum to Cancun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Tattooarte ©
Tattooarte

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