8 days in Cancun & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

8 days in Cancun & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

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8 days in Cancun & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  15​h
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the ancient world of El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines, and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, and then stop by Plaza Las Americas.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary builder site .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cancun is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cancun, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, plan for little chillier days in Cancun, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

4
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Head to La Isla Shopping Village and Balam Art On Feathersfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Playa Paraiso and Akumal Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Playa Delfines (in Cancun), Tulum (Ruins of Tulum & Cenote Tak Be Ha) and Alma Libre Bookstore (in Puerto Morelos). Spend the 25th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan trip to Playa del Carmen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cancun, Akumal Beach, Alma Libre Bookstore
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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