17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Cancun
— 1 day
Ferry
2
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Bus to Playa del Carmen
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Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Ferry
4
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
5
Tulum
— 4 nights
Bus
6
Valladolid
— 1 night
Drive
7
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Merida
— 1 night
Fly
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Cancun
— 1 night
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Cancun

— 1 day
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.
For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cancun trip itinerary planning app.

Montego Bay, Jamaica to Cancun is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. In July in Cancun, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nightlife
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Isla Mujeres

— 3 nights
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.
You've now added Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Playa Lancheros and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Playa del Carmen

— 2 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Cozumel

— 2 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, look for gifts at Black Coral Shop, see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef, and get outside with Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Tulum

— 4 nights
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 get in some beach time at Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Get outdoors at Climbing Tours and Two Eyes Cenote. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and explore the galleries of Art Gallery Miniature.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Tulum trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Valladolid.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:

Valladolid

— 1 night

Sultana of the East

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Xkopek Parque Apicola and then don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Valladolid day trip tool.

You can take a shuttle from Tulum to Valladolid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tulum in July, with highs in Valladolid at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Valladolid

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

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.
On the 23rd (Fri), explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the ancient world of La Iglesia.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Chichen Itza takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:

Merida

— 1 night
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with SCA Dive & Freedive Center, then see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, then view the masterpieces at 100% Mexico, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral de Merida.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Merida vacation planner.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Merida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Merida, with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Merida

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:

Cancun

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Cancun trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Merida to Cancun takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Merida in July, expect nights in Cancun to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 36°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cancun

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.