12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

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12 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
4
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Izamal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Merida
— 3 nights
End: Cancun

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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.
For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cancun trip builder app .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 8th (Tue), you're off toPlaya del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 5th Avenue (Avenida 5), Private Tours at Riviera Maya Portal and Xcaret Park. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the world behind art at 3D Museum of Wonders, hunt for treasures at 5th Avenue (Avenida 5), and then get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours at Riviera Maya Portal.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen driving holiday planner.

Drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Tours Wildlife
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Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
3D Museum of Wonders ©
3D Museum of Wonders

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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 cultural itinerary includes sights like MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Galeria Lamanai. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balam Art On Feathers and Mayan Beach. Step out of Tulum with an excursion to Multum Ha Cenote in Coba--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, Head underground at Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum, and make a trip to Plastic Flamingo.

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You can take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Tulum, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Galeria Lamanai, Multum Ha Cenote, Muyil
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MiNiAtUrE art Gallery ©
MiNiAtUrE art Gallery
Multum Ha Cenote ©
Multum Ha Cenote
Muyil ©
Muyil

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM and La Iglesia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of the Bearded Man and Dzibichaltun. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valladolid: X'Canche Cenote (in Ek Balam Village) and Chichen Itza (The Ossuary & Venus Platform). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Nohoch Mul, Head underground at Cenote Xux Ha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo, and explore the striking landscape at Cenote Palomitas.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Valladolid online attractions planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Valladolid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in October, Valladolid is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Izamal.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula, X'Canche Cenote
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Suytun Cenote ©
Suytun Cenote
Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM ©
Cenote Xux Ha ©
Cenote Xux Ha

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Izamal

Izamal ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): look for gifts at Hecho a Mano, then admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de San Antonio de Padua.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Izamal road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Izamal takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Izamal when traveling from Valladolid in October, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Izamal

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal ©
Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal
Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua
Hecho a Mano ©
Hecho a Mano

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Merida

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Nahualli Casa de los Artistas. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Hacienda Yaxcopoil, then make a trip to Uxmal, and then examine the collection at EcoMuseo del Cacao.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Merida trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Izamal to Merida takes an hour. In October in Merida, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

EcoMuseo del Cacao, Hacienda Yaxcopoil
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Cenote X Batun ©
Cenote X Batun
Hacienda Yaxcopoil ©
Hacienda Yaxcopoil
Iglesia El Jesus,Tercera Orden ©
Iglesia El Jesus,Tercera Orden

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