11 days in Chichen Itza, Tulum & Cancun Itinerary

11 days in Chichen Itza, Tulum & Cancun Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cancun
Drive:  2 h 15 min
1
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Cancun
— 6 nights
End: Cancun

2
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.
Chichen Itza has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cenote Cristal and Nohoch Mul. Step out of Chichen Itza to go to Temozon and see Ecopark Xtut, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla Pajaros and delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza driving holiday planner.

Cancun to Chichen Itza is an approximately 2.5- hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Ecopark Xtut
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Cenote Cristal ©
Cenote Cristal
Isla Pajaros ©
Isla Pajaros
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

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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.
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in December: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Scuba & Snorkeling
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LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chikin Ha and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte, Garrafon de Castilla, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.Spend_the_day_observing_fascinating_marine_mammals_with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tee off at Riviera Cancun Golf & Resorts.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cancun vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen
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Garrafon de Castilla ©
Garrafon de Castilla
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Chikin Ha ©
Chikin Ha

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