For most travelers, six to 10 days are the perfect amount of time for a Mexico trip, with stops in both Tulum and Playa del Carmen. It's also possible to hit the highlights in five days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include Valladolid, Mexico City, or Puerto Morelos. See more ideas for Tulum and Playa del Carmen itineraries below.

How many days do you need in Tulum & Playa del Carmen?

  • Most travelers spend 6-10 days in Tulum and Playa del Carmen combined
  • Visiting Tulum and Playa del Carmen in 5 days is possible, but it will feel rushed
  • With 11 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Valladolid, Mexico City, and Puerto Morelos

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Recommended Itineraries for Tulum & Playa del Carmen

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Feel the Caribbean breezes on the beaches of Tulum on this Mexico road trip
Feel the Caribbean breezes on the beaches of Tulum on this Mexico road trip
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cancún, Drive to Playa del Carmen, Street Food Tour Playa del Carmen
Day 2 Swim Underground at Río Secreto Playa del Carmen
Day 3 Day Trip to Cozumel & Snorkeling Playa del Carmen
Day 4 Drive to Tulum, Explore the Tulum Ruins, Cooking Class & Mezcal Tasting Tulum
Day 5 Tour Chichén Itzá & Swim in the Yokdzonot Cenote Tulum
Day 6 Drive to Cancún, Depart  

Perfect for a quick escape, this six-day road trip through the highlights of the Riviera Maya takes you south from the beaches of Playa del Carmen to the ruins of Tulum. Along the way, you'll snorkel in the world-renowned reefs around the island of Cozumel, explore the ancient wonder of Chichén Itzá, and learn to whip up traditional Mexican dishes in a Tulum cooking class. Read more

Extended Itineraries

11-Day Itinerary Including Valladolid

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cancún, Transfer to Tulum Tulum
Day 2 Chemuyil Cenotes & Tulum Ruins Tulum
Day 3 Río Secreto Guided Tour Tulum
Day 4 Day Trip to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Tulum
Day 5 Transfer to Valladolid, Cobá Ruins & Culture in Nuevo Durango Valladolid
Day 6 Tour of Chichén Itzá: Maíz Workshop in Yaxunah Valladolid
Day 7 Transfer to Playa del Carmen, Optional Activities Playa del Carmen
Day 8 Puerto Morelos Snorkeling Tour Playa del Carmen
Days 9-10 Free Days in Playa del Carmen Playa del Carmen
Day 11 Return to Cancún, Depart  

Escape to the Yucatán Peninsula, a region in southern Mexico known for its unparalleled beauty. On this adventure, you'll spend a lot of time on the famed Riviera Maya, a section of the Caribbean coast lined with white-sand beaches fronting turquoise waters. Aside from beach time, you'll also explore ancient Maya ruins, swim in underground rivers, and hike around nature reserves in and around Valladolid and the coast. Read more


Map of Tulum & Playa del Carmen: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Tulum & Playa del Carmen: Best Itinerary Ideas