8 days in Tulum, Chichen Itza & Cancun Itinerary

8 days in Tulum, Chichen Itza & Cancun Itinerary

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8 days in Tulum, Chichen Itza & Cancun Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h
1
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: San Francisco

4
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 Tulum's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tulum travel itinerary planner .

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. Traveling from San Francisco to Tulum, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Tulum at 80°F and lows at 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, Head underground at Balankanche Cave, then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man.

Discover how to plan a Chichen Itza trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chichen Itza, with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village and then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cancun when traveling from Chichen Itza in December, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Parque de las Palapas ©
El Parque de las Palapas

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