16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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16 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Cozumel
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 day
5
Cancun
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Mexico City
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Puebla
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Tepoztlan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Boat Rental Playa Del Carmen, Cenotes and Paradise Lagoon by Cancun Adventures, Xcaret Park, and other attractions you added.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Mexico City to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Playa del Carmen to be warmer, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Boat Rental Playa Del Carmen ©
Boat Rental Playa Del Carmen
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling as well as Blue Reef Divers. On the 31st (Tue), see some colorful creatures with Blue Reef Divers, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel vacation planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Reef Divers ©
Blue Reef Divers

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, then explore the activities along Gran Cenote, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum, and finally kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tulum
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Gran Cenote ©
Gran Cenote

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Chichen Itza. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) 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
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mayan Museum of Cancun.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Cancun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cancun, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cancun

Museums
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Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

5
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You've added Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacan, Alameda Central, and other attractions to your itinerary. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Zocalo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City online trip builder .

Fly from Cancun to Mexico City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cancun in January, you will find days in Mexico City are little chillier (24°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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1
day
Puebla

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), then identify plant and animal life at Museo Viviente, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo).

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puebla tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Puebla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tepoztlan.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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2
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Thu), stroll around Parque Nacional Desierto de los Leones, then wander the streets of La Condesa, and then take a stroll through Polanco.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mexico City road trip planning app .

Getting from Puebla to Mexico City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tepoztlan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Parks Neighborhoods Wildlife
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La Condesa ©
La Condesa
Polanco ©
Polanco

1
night
Tepoztlan

Tepoztlán is a town in the Mexican state of Morelos. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tepozteco and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tepoztlan day trip planner .

Drive from Mexico City to Tepoztlan in 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in January: high temperatures in Tepoztlan hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Tepoztlan

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tepozteco ©
Tepozteco

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