Day 8: Akumal, Playa del Carmen

This day we planned to get to Cancun downtown and make 2 stops on our way: Akumal and Playa del Carmen. Akumal is a small town 30 min drive from Tulum. It is famous for its unforgettable attraction – turtles! The best part of it is that it is possible to swim with them ūüôā Once you get to the turtles beach, as always, there will be people showing you where to park for a small fee. There will be multiple people offering snorkeling tours that are quite expensive, however, you can snorkel on your own too. The beach is divided into¬†4 areas where snorkeling tours go. If you walk past them you can easily swim there on your own, turtles are everywhere and it totally depends on your luck whether you’ll find them or not. We had our swimming goggles only and regretted not buying full snorkel set but we still had a lot of fun in the water. The water is not deep but you can’t stand. We swam¬†for approximately 40 min and during that time chased multiple fishes and saw 2 turtles.

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Akumal

Our second stop was in Playa del Carmen. It’s quite a big active city. If Cancun hotel’s zone consists of all-inclusive hotels mainly Playa del Carmen is a party city. The main street is full of shops, bars, and restaurants.

PlayaDelCarmen

PlayaDelCarmen

PlayaDelCarmen

PlayaDelCarmen

PlayaDelCarmen

After we returned our rental car we went to Cancun downtown using ADO bus. During the holidays season it was much cheaper staying there compared to the Zona Hotelera. We had our dinner at a famous La Parilla restaurant.

Cancun

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Day 9

10 Days in Mexico: Mexico City, Cancun, Tulum and Much More

Flight: San Diego -> Mexico City -> Cancun -> Mexico City -> San Diego
CancunDuration: 10 days
Mileage: ~350 in Yucatán area
Starting point: Mexico City
Countries: Mexico
Budget for 2 people: $2930 ($1500 flights, $215 hotels*, $275 car rental, $125 gas and taxis, $50 buses, $420 food, $90 tickets, $140 snorkeling, $115 airport parking)

  • Day 1: fly to Mexico City, visit¬†Museo Nacional de Antropolog√≠a
  • Day 2: explore¬†Chapultepec park, dinner with local family
  • Day 3: visit¬†Teotihuacan, explore CDMX¬†Z√≥calo
  • Day 4: visit¬†Tepoztl√°n
  • Day 5: explore CDMX¬†Xochimilco
  • Day 6: fly to Cancun, drive to¬†Chich√©n Itz√°, swim in¬†Ik Kil cenotes, drive to Tulum and enjoy local food

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