XMILGUYDC saidThanks, guys. Above noted and appreciated. Sort of bummed about going alone but I'm sure it will be worth it. I'm thinking Vallodid-Chichen Itz-Merida-Uxmal-Tulum and home to DC in one week. Sound too ambitious? Thanks. Bob
My first time in México was a 2-week trip (one week around México, D.F., and another around Mérida). So, one week for Mérida is do-able. BTW, you do know that September is still officially hurricane season, and your plans may get affected by the weather?
Looking at your itinerary, it looks like you're flying in and out of Cancún. Presumably you don't mind spending time travelling Cancún to Mérida and back, else an open-jaw itinerary would be better. Not sure what you want to see in Tulum. If it is for the beaches, then fine. If it is for the ruins, you might want to look at Coba, which is a more impressive site. That said, the ruins at Tulum are special because of the sea.
Actually, looking at the places you want to cover, you might want to drop something off the list, if you only have 7 days. Presumably your itinerary will work like this:
DAY 1: IAD to CUN, CUN to VDO overnight VDO
DAY 2: Visit CZA, evening CZA to MID
DAY 3: Orientation around MID, visit main square, Cathedral, MACAY, etc.
DAY 4: Visit Uxmal and possibly Kabah
DAY 5: MID to TUY
DAY 6: Visit the ruins and beaches at TUY
DAY 7: TUY to CUN, CUN to IAD
Dropping Tulum will probably make sense, and give you another day or two in and around Mérida.