14 days in Mexico Itinerary

14 days in Mexico Itinerary

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14 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  25​h
1
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Christchurch

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza.

To see maps and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza road trip planning website .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Chichen Itza is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Christchurch to Chichen Itza, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Chichen Itza is much hotter than Christchurch - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Kaahal Home Tulum, Tulum Archaeological Site, & more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's much more to do: cool off at Xcaret Park, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, Playa del Carmen is a bit cooler than Chichen Itza - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tulum, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the world behind art at Galo Art Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

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You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Zona Arqueológica del Cedral ©
Zona Arqueológica del Cedral

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.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo, and contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mexico City online road trip planner .

Fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cozumel in July: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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2
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, look for gifts at Eva's Fine Jewelry, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City in July, expect Puerto Vallarta to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Zipline
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Swim with Dolphins

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