7 days in Quintana Roo & Chichen Itza Itinerary

7 days in Quintana Roo & Chichen Itza Itinerary

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Bus to Aguascalientes, Fly to Cancun, Ferry to Cozumel
— 1 night
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Bus to Mérida Noreste, Fly to Zacatecas



— 1 night
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
On the 12th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then look for gifts at Gallery Azul, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cozumel travel site.

Zacatecas to Cozumel is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zacatecas to Cozumel. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zacatecas in September, with highs in Cozumel at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Classes
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Playa del Carmen

— 4 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Spas, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Side Trip

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Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot and then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chichen Itza when traveling from Playa del Carmen in September, with lows around 30°C. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Quintana Roo travel guide

One of Mexico's 31 states, Quintana Roo features a long Caribbean shoreline dotted with numerous modern tourist resorts, as well as small settlements preserving their traditional way of life and resisting the pitfalls of mass tourism. Cancun remains one of the most popular places to visit in Quintana Roo, but this area also boasts many less-crowded destinations made for vacationers seeking a bit of tranquility and lots of sunshine. The state also encompasses several islands, sheltering a varied native wildlife and serving as cozy retreats for anyone wishing to spend their Quintana Roo vacation fishing, diving, snorkeling, and basking on pristine sands.