11 days in Tulum, Isla Mujeres & Cancun Itinerary

11 days in Tulum, Isla Mujeres & Cancun Itinerary

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11 days in Tulum, Isla Mujeres & Cancun Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  22 h 15 min
1
Tulum
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
2
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Mayan Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Cenotes Sac Actun and Parque Dos Ojos. There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, make a trip to Plastic Flamingo, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip planner.

If you are flying in from Japan, the closest major airports are Cozumel International Airport and Cancún International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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Climbing Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cenotes Sac Actun ©
Cenotes Sac Actun

3
nights
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Lancheros and Shark Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guadalupe Chapel and Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon. There's much more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, make a trip to El Malecon, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Isla Brewing Company, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Isla Mujeres trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Shark Beach ©
Shark Beach
Shark Diving
Playa Lancheros ©
Playa Lancheros

2
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.
On the 4th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad, kick back and relax at Playa Marlin, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cancun trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Playa Marlin ©
Playa Marlin
Zona Arqueológica El Meco ©
Zona Arqueológica El Meco
Xcacel Beach ©
Xcacel Beach

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