8 days in Cancun & Tulum Itinerary

8 days in Cancun & Tulum Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cancun
1
Cancun
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
End: Cancun

4
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Isla Shopping Village and Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. Change things up with a short trip to Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 18th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, whizz through the canopy at Selvatica, and delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cancun itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Cancún International Airport and Cozumel International Airport. January in Cancun sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Miniature. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tulum vacation builder website.

Getting from Cancun to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

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

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