15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h
1
Cancun
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
4
Cancun
— 1 night
5
Mexico City
— 2 nights
6
Mexico City
— 4 nights
End: Chicago

5
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.
You've now added Torre Escenica to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, and shop like a local with Kukulcan Plaza.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cancun itinerary planner .

Chicago, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Cancun is 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in November; daily highs in Cancun reach 83°F and lows reach 70°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Kukulcan Plaza
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rio Secreto as well as Xplor Park by Xcaret. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): whizz through the canopy at Xplor Park by Xcaret and then don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Rio Secreto, then explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Dos Ojos, then explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen visit planner .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Temple of the Bearded Man, Parque Dos Ojos
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Xplor Park by Xcaret ©
Xplor Park by Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

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.
To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip planner .

Drive from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Playa del Carmen in November since evenings lows in Chichen Itza dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

1
night
Cancun

Cancun
To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cancun trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chichen Itza in November since evenings lows in Cancun dip to 70°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Historic Center (Centro Historico) has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico) and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Azucar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Pilar “La Ensenanza”, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cancun to Mexico City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Cancun in November, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Zocalo ©
Zocalo

4
nights
Mexico City

Explore Mexico City further: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Reforma, browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo, and contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

Before you visit Mexico City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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