15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  12​h
1
Cozumel
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + foot + subway + bus:  5​h
2
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
5
Chichen Itza
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Coba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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 next day, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cozumel holiday maker app .

Manchester, UK to Cozumel is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get much warmer in Cozumel: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

1
night
San Juan Teotihuacan

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo Manuel Gamio Centro de Estudios Teotihuacanos, then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, and then explore the ancient world of Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan Teotihuacan road trip app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cozumel to San Juan Teotihuacan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to San Juan Teotihuacan due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites Museums
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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 parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, and ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City online sightseeing planner .

Getting from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Asuncion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Palenque vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Mexico City to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios

1
day
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 8th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Palenque to Chichen Itza by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Chichen Itza due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coba.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dzibichaltun
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

1
night
Coba

Coba ©
On the 9th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Multum Ha Cenote, then delve into the distant past at Nohoch Mul, and then delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá.

To find out how to plan a trip to Coba, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Coba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Coba can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Coba

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nohoch Mul
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Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Nohoch Mul ©
Nohoch Mul
Multum Ha Cenote ©
Multum Ha Cenote

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: La Isla Shopping Village (in Cancun) and Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site & Gran Cenote). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret Park, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, look for gifts at Fernando Rodriguez, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Coba to Playa del Carmen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Coba in October, plan for little chillier nights in Playa del Carmen, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, La Isla Shopping Village
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

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