12 days in Mexico City, Monterrey & Cancun Itinerary

12 days in Mexico City, Monterrey & Cancun Itinerary

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12 days in Mexico City, Monterrey & Cancun Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Monterrey
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Bogota

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center (Centro Historico), steep yourself in history at Chapultepec Castle, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip planner .

Bogota, Colombia to Mexico City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Time (COT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Bogota in March, you will find days in Mexico City are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monterrey.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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National Museum of Anthropology ©
National Museum of Anthropology
Frida Kahlo Museum ©
Frida Kahlo Museum
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

4
nights
Monterrey

Monterrey ©
An industrial powerhouse and a major transportation hub close to the Texas border, Monterrey offers visitors a blend of culture, art, and history.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterrey: Saltillo (Alameda Zaragoza & Museo del Desierto). There's still lots to do: stroll through Parque Fundidora, see the interesting displays at Museo del Acero Horno 3, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gran Plaza o Macroplaza, and get engrossed in the history at Mexican History Museum.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monterrey trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Mexico City to Monterrey in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Monterrey

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Saltillo
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Parque Fundidora ©
Parque Fundidora
Parque Ecologico Chipinque ©
Parque Ecologico Chipinque
Grutas de Garcia ©
Grutas de Garcia

3
nights
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.
Step out of Cancun with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen--about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 26th (Mon) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. There's much more to do: stroll through Playa Delfines, take in the pleasant sights at Avenida Kukulkan, and steep yourself in history at El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey).

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun trip website .

You can fly from Monterrey to Cancun in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Monterrey to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Water Activities

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines

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