17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

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17 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Oslo, Norway
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Akumal
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Oslo, Norway

3
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.
Get outdoors at La Isla Shopping Village and Playa Norte. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Punta Sur and Mayan Museum of Cancun. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cancun online route planner .

Oslo, Norway to Cancun is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Oslo in December, expect Cancun to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

3
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Riviera Maya. Take a break from Playa del Carmen with a short trip to Spas in Puerto Morelos, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Playacar Golf Club, stroll around Parque Los Fundadores, and shop like a local with Art Gallery Casa Tzutuhil.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Golf Tours

Side Trip

Spas
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playacar Golf Club ©
Playacar Golf Club
Spas

3
nights
Cozumel

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Palancar and then shop like a local with Galo Art Studio.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip planning site .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. December in Cozumel sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Tulum Bazaar. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Balam Art On Feathers, and explore the fascinating underground world of Two Eyes Cenote.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Tulum online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Akumal.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

3
nights
Akumal

The heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, small but busy beach town of Akumal represents one of the world's premier diving locations.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Lamanai, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach. On the next day, Head underground at Aktun Chen, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then see the interesting displays at CEDAM Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Akumal road trip website .

Akumal is very close to Tulum. January in Akumal sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Akumal

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Aventuras
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Aktun Chen ©
Aktun Chen

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