16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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16 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  7 h 15 min
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Helsinki

3
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cozumel Pearl Farm.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel road trip planning site .

Helsinki, Finland to Cozumel is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Helsinki to Cozumel. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in April; daily highs in Cozumel reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and stop by Kaahal Home Tulum.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tulum road trip tool .

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Tulum are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, and then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza visit planner.

Drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in April, expect Chichen Itza to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

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

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 15th (Wed), examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios and then admire the sheer force of La Asuncion.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Palenque planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Palenque takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mexico City: Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan) and Spanish Language Institute - Day Course (in Cuernavaca). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, explore the galleries of Museo del Templo Mayor, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Mexico City day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Palenque to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Spanish Language Institute - Day Course ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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.
On the 20th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta driving holiday 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. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in April since evenings lows in Puerto Vallarta dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Zipline
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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