21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Kingston
Fly:  7​h
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Merida
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Merida
— 11 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Cancun
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Kingston

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 14th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun online road trip planner .

Kingston, Canada to Cancun is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Kingston in December; daily highs in Cancun reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Merida.

Things to do in Cancun

Museums Historic Sites
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Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun
Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad ©
Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad

5
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Celestun. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia de Jesus and Dzibilchaltún. Get out of town with these interesting Merida side-trips: Reserva Ecologica El Corchito (in Progreso) and Celestun (Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve & Mangroves of Dzinitun). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Celestun Wildlife Refuge, sample the fine beverages at Posheria Merida, hike along Jardin Botanico Regional Roger Orellana, and see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Merida online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Cancun to Merida in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Cancun, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Merida, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Merida

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Celestun, Reserva Ecologica El Corchito, Celestun Wildlife Refuge
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Celestun Wildlife Refuge ©
Celestun Wildlife Refuge
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mangroves of Dzinitun ©
Mangroves of Dzinitun

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida and then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip planning app .

Drive from Merida to Playa del Carmen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Merida in December, you will find days in Playa del Carmen are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Merida.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Tulum Archaeological Site
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

11
nights
Merida

Merida ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Uxmal and Merida Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mayapan Mayan Ruins and Kabah. Change things up with these side-trips from Merida: Homun Cenotes (in Homun), Cenote Ik kil (in Chichen Itza) and Cenote Kankirixche (in Mucuyche). See even more of Merida: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Popular, browse the exhibits of Nahualli Casa de los Artistas, and examine the collection at Museo Casa Montejo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Merida sightseeing planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Merida by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Playa del Carmen in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Merida: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cancun.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izamal, Kabah, Homun Cenotes, Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, Cenotes Cuzama
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Kabah ©
Kabah

1
night
Cancun

Cancun ©
On the 2nd (Thu), browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone, then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de Cristo Rey.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cancun day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Merida to Cancun takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Merida, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cancun, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Iglesia de Cristo Rey ©
Iglesia de Cristo Rey

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