11 days in Mexico Itinerary

11 days in Mexico Itinerary

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11 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h
1
Cancun
— 1 night
2
Tulum
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then look for gifts at La Isla Shopping Mall.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cancun trip planner.

London, UK to Cancun is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

2
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll get in some beach time at Akumal Beach and Playa Paraiso. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruinas Mayas de Tulum and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote, make a trip to Plastic Flamingo, stroll through Cenotes Dos Ojos, and stop by Mixik.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Cancun in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Tulum. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

3
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Family-friendly places like Xcaret Eco Theme Park and La Playa Xpuha will thrill your kids. Spend the 9th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Parque Los Fundadores, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, and stop by Fernando Rodriguez.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen travel itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

La Playa Xpuha
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La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Tue), put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel holiday planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. In April in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), explore the galleries of Templo Mayor Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and finally wander the streets of Coyoacan. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), and then delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip generator.

You can fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cozumel in April, Mexico City is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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