23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip planner
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Fly
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Ferry
2
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Ferry to Gran Puerto, Helicopter to Holbox Island
3
Holbox Island
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Merida
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Bacalar
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
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Cancun — 1 night

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 3rd (Sat): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and then stop by Tattoo Studio Henna.

Before you visit Cancun, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cancun is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Cancun, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Cancun reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Isla Mujeres.
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Isla Mujeres — 2 nights

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.
On the 5th (Mon), have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, and then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Guadalupe, then kick back and relax at Playa Norte, and then kick back and relax at Playa El Centro.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres trip planner.

Getting from Cancun to Isla Mujeres by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Holbox Island.
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Holbox Island — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the activities along Yalahau Lagoon and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Holbox Island and then look for gifts at Lolita Boutique Holbox.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Holbox Island day trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Mujeres to Holbox Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Holbox Island are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Merida.
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Merida — 2 nights

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 9th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional de Yucatán, Palacio Cantón, admire the striking features of Plaza Grande, then steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral de Merida. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Dzibilchaltún, examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and then don't miss a visit to Paseo de Montejo.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Merida tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Holbox Island to Merida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Holbox Island in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Merida: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Valladolid.
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Valladolid — 2 nights

Sultana of the East

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Casa de los Venados, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of San Bernardino of Siena.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Valladolid travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Merida to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Valladolid when traveling from Merida in December, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bacalar.
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Bacalar — 4 nights

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. Get out of town with these interesting Bacalar side-trips: Mahahual (Spas, Maya Chan Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, wander the wide-open spaces of Num Ka'an Ranch, and get outside with Estromatolitos.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bacalar online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Bacalar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in December, Bacalar is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.
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Tulum — 5 nights

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 Tulum to go to Coba and see Zona Arqueologica de Coba, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Tulum day trip tool.

You can drive from Bacalar to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Bacalar, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.
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Playa del Carmen — 3 nights

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Spend the 24th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip builder site.

You can drive from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Mexico travel guide

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Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.
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