11 days in Cancun, Tulum & Chichen Itza Itinerary

11 days in Cancun, Tulum & Chichen Itza Itinerary

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11 days in Cancun, Tulum & Chichen Itza Itinerary

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 5 nights
2
Tulum
— 2 nights
3
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
End: Cancun

5
nights
Cancun

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Delfines and Playa Tortugas. Escape the urban bustle at Swim with Dolphins and La Isla Shopping Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Selvatica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad, tee off at Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cancun attractions website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. In December in Cancun, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Selvatica ©
Selvatica
Swim with Dolphins

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Akumal Beach, then delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, and then explore the ancient world of Las Pinturas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): cool off at Xel-Ha.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Tulum road trip planning site .

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

3
nights
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of El Atrio del Convento de Izamal. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of El Castillo, explore the ancient world of Kinichna, take a stroll through Felipe Carrillo Puerto, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 75°F in Chichen Itza. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Yokdzonot, Convento de San Antonio de Padua
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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