23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Buenos Aires
Fly:  20​h
Cancun
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  30​min
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
ferry + bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Cozumel
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h 30​min
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Merida
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Palenque
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
San Cristobal de las Casas
— Few hours
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Buenos Aires

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, then take in the pleasant sights at Avenida Kukulkan, and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cancun is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Cancun. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, expect nights in Cancun to be somewhat warmer, around 27°C, while days are warmer, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

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Playa Norte
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Playa Norte
Playa Delfines

2
days
Isla Mujeres

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Shark Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Norte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Women's Beading Cooperative, then go for a stroll along the water at Tortugranja (Turtle Farm), and then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur.

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Isla Mujeres is just a stone's throw from Cancun. In May, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

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Playa Norte
Punta Sur
Shark Beach

2
days
Cozumel

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Discover Mexico Cozumel Park, explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

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Do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Isla Mujeres to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Isla Mujeres in May since evenings lows in Cozumel dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Cozumel Park

3
days
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Spend the 9th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret Eco Theme Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and look for gifts at Diamonds International Playa del Carmen.

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Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 1.5 hours. May in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Tulum.

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La Playa Xpuha

2
days
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Coba Ruins, contemplate the long history of Ruinas Mayas de Tulum, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso.

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Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Merida.

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Parks Beaches Sightseeing

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Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Playa Paraiso
Ruinas Mayas de Tulum
Spas & Wellness

3
days
Merida

Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Temples of Uxmal and Zona Arqueologica Uxmal will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Uxmal and Mayapan Mayan Ruins. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo, get a taste of the local shopping with 100% Mexico, and contemplate the long history of Palacio del Gobernador (Governor's Palace).

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Traveling by car from Tulum to Merida takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Tulum in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Merida: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Palenque.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites Shopping

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Temples of Uxmal, Uxmal
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Mayapan Mayan Ruins
Uxmal

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Palenque

Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Merida to Palenque takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Merida to Palenque is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Merida in May, plan for little chillier days in Palenque, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Cristobal de las Casas.

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Palenque ruinas

1
day
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. On the 18th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Templo de Santo Domingo, stop by Bazarte - Vistiendo Arte Con História, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas.

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Getting from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oaxaca.

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Templo de Santo Domingo

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Oaxaca

Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the galleries of Monte Alban, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Soledad, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Oaxaca, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Cristobal de las Casas to Oaxaca in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban
Cathedral of Oaxaca

3
days
Mexico City

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Templo Mayor Museum. Visit Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Zocalo for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia, examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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Getting from Oaxaca to Mexico City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in May, you will find days in Mexico City are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia
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