15 days in Tulum, Cancun & Holbox Island Itinerary

15 days in Tulum, Cancun & Holbox Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Fortaleza
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  19 h 45 min
1
Tulum
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Cancun
— 4 nights
Travel:  3 h 45 min
3
Holbox Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Fortaleza

6
nights
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at La Playa Xpuha and Akumal Beach. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Cenote Chaak Tun. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Aktun Chen (in Akumal) and Chikin Ha (in Playa del Carmen). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun, stroll through Cenote Taak Bi Ha, and kick back and relax at Mayan Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tulum route planner.

Fortaleza, Brazil to Tulum is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Tulum are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, La Playa Xpuha
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha

4
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Parasailing & Paragliding. Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun vacation app.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Cancun, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Norte, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
Swim with Dolphins
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

3
nights
Holbox Island

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Holbox Island. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Punta Coco Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Holbox Island trip builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cancun to Holbox Island. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island

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