21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Mexico City
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Merida
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Campeche
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Oaxaca
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo Memoria y Tolerancia. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo de Arte Popular and Museo Frida Kahlo. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Monumento y Museo de la Revolucion, make a trip to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, explore the world behind art at Museo Mural Diego Rivera, and wander the streets of Ciudad Universitaria.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary builder site .

Washington DC, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect nights in Mexico City to be somewhat warmer, around 47°F, while days are much hotter, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
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Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Memoria y Tolerancia ©
Museo Memoria y Tolerancia

4
nights
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals. Let the collections at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos and Balam Art On Feathers capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church & Chikin Ha). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tulum route maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Tulum in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Tulum is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: highs in Tulum hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park

5
nights
Merida

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Get some historical perspective at Uxmal and Convento de San Antonio de Padua. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cenote Kankirixche. Get out of town with these interesting Merida side-trips: Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena (in Santa Elena), EcoMuseo del Cacao (in Ticul) and Izamal (Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo & Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Merida Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Jesus, Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, and examine the collection at Casa Museo Montes Molina.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Merida trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Merida takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Tulum in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Merida, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Merida

Wildlife Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Izamal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil, Homun Cenotes, Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, EcoMuseo del Cacao
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

2
nights
Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take a stroll through Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Roman, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Amurallada, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de San Jose el Alto.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Campeche trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Merida to Campeche by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January in Campeche, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Campeche

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Ecoturismo Ich Ha Lol Xaan
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Iglesia de San Roman ©
Iglesia de San Roman
Museo Historico de San Jose el Alto ©

3
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 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then examine the collection at Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C., then contemplate the long history of Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina, and finally make a trip to Monte Alban. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Yagul, then kick back and relax at Playa La Bocana, then view the masterpieces at Voces de Copal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Soledad.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oaxaca online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Campeche to Oaxaca. The time zone difference when traveling from Campeche to Oaxaca is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Campeche in January, Oaxaca is a bit cooler at night with lows of 48°F. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Yagul, Playa La Bocana
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Yagul ©
Yagul

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