24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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24 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
Travel:  4 h
3
Holbox Island
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h
4
Valladolid
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Tulum
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h
6
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Ottawa

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, then stroll through Playa Delfines, then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and finally look for gifts at Tattooarte. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then make a trip to Av Kukulkan.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Cancun is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ottawa in February, expect Cancun to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Av Kukulkan ©
Av Kukulkan

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.
Kids will enjoy Playa Norte and Tortugranja. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Isla Brewing Company, and make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Isla Mujeres takes 1.5 hours. In February in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kin Ha (Antes Parque de los Suenos) ©

6
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Kids will enjoy Punta Mosquito and Punta Coco Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Holbox Island trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isla Mujeres to Holbox Island. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 4th (Wed), you're off to Valladolid.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island
Kayaking & Canoeing
Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon

3
nights
Valladolid

Valladolid ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valladolid: Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village), Cenote Yokdzonot (in Yokdzonot) and Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus, Chichen Itza, &more). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Cenote Xkeken, admire the masterpieces at Casa de los Venados, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Palomitas, and don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Valladolid trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Holbox Island to Valladolid with the Route module. In March, Valladolid is a bit warmer than Holbox Island - with highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Cenote Yokdzonot, Ek Balam
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Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and Paradise Beach. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, stop by MexicArte, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and see the vivid underwater world at Two Eyes Cenote.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tulum trip planner.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Tulum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, Tulum is little chillier than Valladolid - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Xcaret and Xaman Ha Aviary. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Fernando Rodriguez, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline

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