12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

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12 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  24​h
1
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cancun
— 2 nights
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
4
Tulum
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Popular historic sites such as Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Museo del Templo Mayor are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Mexico, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Mexico City journey planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 16 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan ©
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor

2
nights
Cancun

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Selvatica and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cancun trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cancun takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cancun is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in July, expect Cancun to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

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Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, then steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, and finally explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza route tool .

Drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

3
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.
Relax by the water at Paradise Beach and Tulum Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Las Pinturas. Go for a jaunt from Tulum to Coba to see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tulum travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in July: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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