12 days in Cancun, Bacalar & Tulum Itinerary

12 days in Cancun, Bacalar & Tulum Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Quintana Roo trip itinerary planner

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Cancun
— 6 nights
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Bacalar
— 2 nights
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Tulum
— 3 nights

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Cancun

— 6 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, Playa Norte, &more). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines, kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Interactive Aquarium.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cancun trip maker site.

New York City, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Bacalar.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

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Bacalar

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar and then head outdoors with Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bacalar visit planner.

You can take a bus from Cancun to Bacalar in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Cancun in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
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Tulum

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Xcaret in Playa del Carmen, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote, and get in on the family fun at Parque De Cenotes Yax-Muul.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bacalar in August, expect Tulum to be slightly colder, temps between 86°F and 72°F.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Nature

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