24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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24 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  23 h
1
Cancun
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Rio Lagartos
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Valladolid
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Akumal
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Playa del Carmen
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Cancun
— Few hours
Fly:  23 h
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
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.
To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cancun trip itinerary maker tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cancun is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cancun, with lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Rio Lagartos.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Rio Lagartos

Rio Lagartos
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You can drive from Cancun to Rio Lagartos in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Rio Lagartos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:

1
night
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.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Valladolid trip maker app .

Drive from Rio Lagartos to Valladolid in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Bacalar.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Tours
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2
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de San Felipe.

Make your Bacalar itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Bacalar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in November, Bacalar is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. On the 30th (Sat), you're off toTulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Museums
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Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Get in touch with nature at Paradise Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Two Eyes Cenote, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Bacalar in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Tulum, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. You'll set off for Akumal on the 4th (Wed).

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

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Akumal

Akumal
The heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, small but busy beach town of Akumal represents one of the world's premier diving locations.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Akumal online travel planner .

Akumal is just a short distance from Tulum. In December in Akumal, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Cozumel.

Things to do in Akumal

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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3
nights
Cozumel

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Galo Art Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Playa Palancar, and explore the striking landscape at Palancar Reef.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cozumel holiday planning site .

Drive from Akumal to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cozumel are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

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nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Visit Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen for their historical value. We've included these beaches for you: Parque Los Fundadores and Riviera Maya. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, Head underground at Rio Secreto, and tee off at Playacar Golf Club.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. In December in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline
Playacar Golf Club ©
Playacar Golf Club

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Cancun

Cancun ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Xcacel Beach and then examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner .

Drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Xcacel Beach ©
Xcacel Beach
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

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