18 days in Playa del Carmen, Oaxaca & Mexico City Itinerary

18 days in Playa del Carmen, Oaxaca & Mexico City Itinerary

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18 days in Playa del Carmen, Oaxaca & Mexico City Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  17​h 30​min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 8 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Mexico City
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: London


8
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Akumal Beach and Mayan Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ruinas Mayas de Tulum and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Cancun (Swim with Dolphins & Playa Delfines) and Tulum (Plastic Flamingo & Playa Paraiso). Pack the 31st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Xel-Ha. Spend the 4th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret Eco Theme Park, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and look for gifts at Siete Detalles.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Playa del Carmen, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, expect nights in Playa del Carmen to be somewhat warmer, around 24°C, while days are warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Tulum, Cancun, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xel-Ha
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Zona Arqueológica de Zaachila and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Oaxaca. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Instituto Amigos del Sol, explore the galleries of Monte Alban, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Soledad, and finally explore the world behind art at Pre-Hispanic Art Museum Rufino Tamayo in Mexico.

For photos and other tourist information, use the Oaxaca itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Playa del Carmen to Oaxaca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to Oaxaca is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Oaxaca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Classes

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica Zaachila
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

6
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Frida Kahlo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Palacio de Bellas Artes and National Palace (Palacio Nacional). Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Templo Mayor Museum, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center (Centro Historico), and don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in November, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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National Museum of Anthropology ©
National Museum of Anthropology
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Frida Kahlo Museum ©
Frida Kahlo Museum

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