21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Cancun
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Ek Balam Village
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Tulum
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Isla Shopping Village and El Rey Archaeological Zone. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Delfines and Playa Chacmool. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Spas, Playa Norte, &more). There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, and stroll through Playa Linda.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Cancun online holiday planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Cancun is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in May; daily highs in Cancun reach 86°F and lows reach 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

1
night
Ek Balam Village

Ek Balam Village
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at X'Canche Cenote and then make a trip to Ek Balam.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ek Balam Village trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Ek Balam Village takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
X'Canche Cenote ©
X'Canche Cenote

6
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cenote Chaak Tun and Ecopark Kantun Chi. Escape the urban bustle at The Money Bar Beach Club and IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Columbia Reef (in Cozumel) and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos (in Puerto Morelos). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Cenote Cristalino, cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, and look for gifts at Quinta Alegria Shopping Mall.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Ek Balam Village to Playa del Carmen by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cozumel, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, Ecopark Kantun Chi
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Cenote Cristalino ©
Cenote Cristalino
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Skydiving

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Tulum Archaeological Site and Multum Ha Cenote are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Cenote Santa Cruz. Step out of Tulum with an excursion to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Ziggy Beach, Head underground at Cenote Car Wash, stroll through Centro Ecologico Akumal, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum online trip builder .

You can take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Tulum are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Akumal, Coba
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Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz
Shark Diving
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach

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