9 days in Mexico Itinerary

9 days in Mexico Itinerary

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9 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  13 h
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Lisbon

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 the 23rd (Fri), fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then see the interesting displays at Cancun Wax Museum, and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary planning app .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cancun is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cancun when traveling from Lisbon in August, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

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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 25th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Frida Kahlo Museum, then admire the masterpieces at 3D Museum of Wonders, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Xcaret Park, view the masterpieces at Ambarte, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen vacation planning site .

Drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Xcaret ©
Xcaret

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stroll through Akumal Beach, then explore the gorgeous colors at Two Eyes Cenote, and then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote and then stroll through Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tulum online trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Akumal Beach
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

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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 29th (Thu): see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

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