8 days in Tulum & Cancun Itinerary

8 days in Tulum & Cancun Itinerary

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8 days in Tulum & Cancun Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h
1
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h
End: New York City

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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. Visit Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Cozumel (Galo Art Studio & Scuba & Snorkeling), Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza & Plataforma de Venus) and Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM (in Valladolid). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, explore the galleries of Balam Art On Feathers, and take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip planner .

New York City, USA to Tulum is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New York City in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Tulum: highs are around 85°F and lows about 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cozumel, Chichen Itza, Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Delfines and Playa Tortugas. Get outdoors at Swim with Dolphins and La Isla Shopping Village. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Subacuatico de Arte.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cancun trip builder .

Drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Museo Subacuatico de Arte
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

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