15 days in Tulum, Oaxaca & Mexico City Itinerary

15 days in Tulum, Oaxaca & Mexico City Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  11 h 30 min
1
Tulum
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h 30 min
2
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Huatulco
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Puerto Escondido
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Newark

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Playa Xpuha and Parque Los Fundadores. Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Akumal (Scuba & Snorkeling, Yal-ku Lagoon, &more). It doesn't end there: Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun and take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Miniature.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum route planner.

Newark, USA to Tulum is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark in April, you will find days in Tulum are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are much warmer (70°F). On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Akumal, La Playa Xpuha, Parque Los Fundadores
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La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Climbing Tours
Cenotes Sac Actun ©
Cenotes Sac Actun

2
nights
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Mitla, then admire the natural beauty at Ethnobotanical Garden, then examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Soledad, make a trip to Zocalo, and then contemplate the long history of Mercado Benito Juárez.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Oaxaca trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tulum to Oaxaca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tulum in May, plan for little chillier nights in Oaxaca, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Huatulco.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Mitla
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
Mercado Benito Juárez
Mercado Benito Juárez

3
nights
Huatulco

Huatulco ©
A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
On the 5th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa La Entrega and then experience the excitement of Maica Silver & Contemporary Bijoux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Buceo Scuba Huatulco and then explore the activities along Playa San Augustin.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Huatulco visit planner.

Getting from Oaxaca to Huatulco by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oaxaca in May since evenings lows in Huatulco dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in Huatulco

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Buceo Scuba Huatulco ©
Buceo Scuba Huatulco
Playa La Entrega ©
Playa La Entrega
Playa San Augustin ©
Playa San Augustin

2
nights
Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido ©
Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Zicatela and Playa Bacocho. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Coral and Playa Carrizalillo. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Manialtepec, stroll through Playa Marinero, kick back and relax at Puerto Angelito Beach, and hunt for treasures at El Mercado.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Escondido online route planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Huatulco to Puerto Escondido in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Puerto Escondido, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Zicatela ©
Playa Zicatela
Laguna de Manialtepec
Laguna de Manialtepec
Playa Bacocho ©
Playa Bacocho

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, then contemplate the long history of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally don't miss a visit to Zocalo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Reforma, take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, and then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center (Centro Historico).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Escondido to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Puerto Escondido in May, plan for little chillier days in Mexico City, with highs around 79°F, while nights are colder with lows around 57°F. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe ©
Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe
Historic Center (Centro Historico) ©
Historic Center (Centro Historico)

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