16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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16 days in Mexico Itinerary

Lima
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Palenque
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h
Queretaro City
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  5​h
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
Lima

4
days
Mexico City

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Frida Kahlo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Templo Mayor Museum and Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Espana, examine the collection at Museo Dolores Olmedo, and admire the landmark architecture of National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City trip builder.

Lima, Peru to Mexico City is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lima to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lima in November since evenings lows in Mexico City dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palenque.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes
Frida Kahlo Museum

1
day
Palenque

Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha and then make a trip to Palenque ruinas.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Palenque custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Palenque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mexico City in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Palenque, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to San Juan Teotihuacan.

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Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Palenque ruinas

1
day
San Juan Teotihuacan

Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Pyramid of the Sun and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan Teotihuacan itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Palenque to San Juan Teotihuacan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Queretaro City.

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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
Pyramid of the Sun

1
day
Queretaro City

With a World Heritage-listed town center, Queretaro offers plenty of colonial charm appealing to visitors looking to add a bit of history and culture to their vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): make a trip to Templo y ex-convento de la Santa Cruz de los Milagros, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo de los Conspiradores.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Queretaro City vacation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from San Juan Teotihuacan to Queretaro City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Juan Teotihuacan to Queretaro City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

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Plaza de Armas
Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo

4
days
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ruinas Mayas de Tulum and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Change things up with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Tulum (about 1 hour away). Pack the 26th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Xel-Ha. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret Eco Theme Park, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and stop by D'Garheti Gallery Boutique.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip generator.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Queretaro City to Playa del Carmen in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Queretaro City to Playa del Carmen. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Playa del Carmen when traveling from Queretaro City in November, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Parks Sightseeing

Side Trips

Tulum, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xel-Ha
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Xel-Ha
Ruinas Mayas de Tulum
Xcaret Eco Theme Park

3
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as Punta Sur and El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey) are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, admire all the interesting features of Plaza de Toros Cancun, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cancun vacation planner.

Drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Cancun sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Sightseeing Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Punta Sur
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Punta Sur
La Isla Shopping Village

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