22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Isla Mujeres
— 4 nights
Travel:  3​h 45​min
3
Holbox Island
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
4
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tulum
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
6
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

1
night
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 23rd (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip planning app .

Ottawa, Canada to Cancun is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in February; daily highs in Cancun reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

4
nights
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Attractions like Playa Norte and Kin Ha (antes Parque de los Suenos) make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tortugranja.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres journey planner .

Getting from Cancun to Isla Mujeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

6
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Kids will enjoy Punta Coco Beach and Punta Mosquito.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Holbox Island online route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isla Mujeres to Holbox Island. In February, daytime highs in Holbox Island are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Valladolid.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valladolid: Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik kil, & more) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Cenote Xkeken, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Zaci, take in the exciting artwork at Casa de los Venados, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of San Bernardino of Siena.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Valladolid trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Holbox Island to Valladolid. Traveling from Holbox Island in March, things will get a bit warmer in Valladolid: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Family-friendly places like Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and Paradise Beach will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and stroll through Two Eyes Cenote.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Tulum tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from Valladolid to Tulum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, Tulum is a bit cooler than Valladolid - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Xcaret and Xaman Ha Aviary. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Vidrio Soplado Mexicano, play a few rounds at Playacar Golf Club, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen visit planner .

You can take a bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Another option is to drive. In March, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline

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