13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  16​h
1
Cancun
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Merida
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Tulum
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
5
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cancun
— Few hours
Fly:  24​h
End: Montreal, Quebec

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan, browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and then look for gifts at Tattooarte.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Cancun vacation planner.

Montreal, Canada to Cancun is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in January; daily highs in Cancun reach 31°C and lows reach 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Merida.

Things to do in Cancun

Shopping Outdoors Adventure
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La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Av Kukulkan ©
Av Kukulkan
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Merida

Merida ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional de Yucatán, Palacio Cantón. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo and then explore the ancient world of Uxmal.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Merida travel planning tool .

Fly from Cancun to Merida in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Merida can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Valladolid.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Uxmal
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Plaza Grande ©
Plaza Grande
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

2
nights
Valladolid

Valladolid ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): Head underground at Cenote Xkeken and then contemplate the long history of Ek Balam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Casa de los Venados, then explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, then contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Valladolid tour builder website .

Traveling by car from Merida to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Valladolid. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tulum.

Things to do in Valladolid

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam
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Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

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.
Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Two Eyes Cenote, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Valladolid to Tulum by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valladolid in January: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Mon) before leaving for Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen day trip site .

Getting from Tulum to Playa del Carmen by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Skydiving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Vidrio Soplado Mexicano ©
Vidrio Soplado Mexicano

few
hours
Cancun

Cancun
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines and then pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Ninos Heroes.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cancun online itinerary planner .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cancun by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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