13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Tulum
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h
5
Playa del Carmen
— Few hours
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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 your second day here, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

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Melbourne, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Melbourne to Cancun. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cancun, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Cancun

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Side Trip

Shark Diving
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Shark Diving
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Torre Escenica ©
Torre Escenica

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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.
On the 23rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM and then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo. On your second day here, make a trip to Chichen Itza, Head underground at Cenote Xkeken, and then stroll through Xkopek Parque Apicola.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Valladolid road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cancun to Valladolid in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Valladolid are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bacalar.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam
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Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Palomitas ©
Cenote Palomitas

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nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. You've now added Lake Bacalar to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get outside with Estromatolitos and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bacalar online trip builder .

You can drive from Valladolid to Bacalar in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to EcoRanchoMayamar (in Akumal) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum holiday planning site .

Take a bus from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Bacalar, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Akumal, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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EcoRanchoMayamar ©
EcoRanchoMayamar
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
On the 30th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Xcaret and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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