First time on this forum. My wife and I are planning a trip to the YP and the Tulum area in mid-to-late July. We will have 9 days total. We are in our mid-30s and are active. We enjoy the outdoors and nature. Swimming, snorkeling, viewing wildlife and hiking are among our favorite activities. We enjoy a little beach time but get bored beyond a few hours in the sand. We don't love cities, however, we do like soaking in a little culture and eating out. Not really into shopping and our "nightlife" generally consists of a couple of cocktails at an outdoor bar. The following is a general outline of our plan. We will have a rental car for the duration of our trip.
12:30 arrive in Cancun airport. Go through customs, etc., get rental car, drive to Puerto Juarez/park. Take ferry to Isla Mujeres. Check in to hotel in north end of island, get acquainted with the area.
Swim with whale sharks via tour from Isla Mujeres, log in a little beach time at the end of the day. Stay the night at hotel.
Day 3: Check out of hotel, take ferry back to Puerto Juarez. Pick up rental car, drive to Tulum, check into hotel in the pueblo of Tulum, explore the city a bit.
Day 4: Tulum area: Cenotes/beach/ruins/Sian Ka'an/any other suggestions?
Day 5: Tulum area: Cenotes/beach/ruins/Sian Ka'an/any other suggestions?
Day 6: Check out of Tulum pueblo hotel, grab lunch, drive to/check in at jungle eco-cabana on route 109.
Day 7: Tulum area: Cenotes/beach/ruins/Sian Ka'an/any other suggestions?
Day 8: Tulum area: Cenotes/beach/ruins/Sian Ka'an/any other suggestions?
Day 9: Check out of eco-cabana, drive back to Cancun airport, head home.
A few questions:
1) Is our itinerary doable? Beyond the whale sharks, we don't want to spend much time on Isla Mujeres, but even so, are we still rushing it?
2) I was thinking that staying in Tulum pueblo before staying in the jungle outside might be nice because we can familiarize ourselves with local restaurants and grocery stores on foot. Once in the jungle, we will be reliant on our rental car, so I thought it would be helpful to already know the area a bit to avoid parking hassles, etc. Would you suggest we go pueblo and then jungle (as I currently have planned), or go jungle-pueblo?
3) As far as the 6 nights of accommodation in the Tulum area go, I currently have a 3-3 split for pueblo-jungle. Is there enough to keep us busy in the pueblo to keep the 3-3 split or should I change it to 2 pueblo, 4 jungle? We'd like to explore Coba and the smaller towns in between Coba and Tulum as well, if time permits.
4) Any must-do suggestions or ideas for the Tulum area that I have overlooked?
Thanks in advance for any input.