21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Mexico City
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Ferry + 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palacio de Bellas Artes and Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Frida Kahlo and Museo Nacional de Antropologia. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional De Arte, take a stroll through La Condesa, and appreciate the history behind Monumento y Museo de la Revolucion.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mexico City route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: highs in Mexico City hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 47°F. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Tulum Archaeological Site and Las Pinturas will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos and Balam Art On Feathers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church & Chikin Ha), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Puerto Aventuras) and Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals (in Akumal). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park and enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Mexico City to Tulum takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Tulum, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 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, Scuba & Snorkeling, Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals
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LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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.
Visiting Homun Cenotes and Cenote Kankirixche will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Uxmal and Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan. Explore Merida's surroundings by going to EcoMuseo del Cacao (in Ticul), Izamal (Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo & Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal) and Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena (in Santa Elena). Spend the 4th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Merida Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina, and steep yourself in history at Hacienda Yaxcopoil.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Merida tour itinerary planner.

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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in December: highs in Merida hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 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, Uxmal, EcoMuseo del Cacao, Cenote Yokdzonot, Homun Cenotes
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral
Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan
Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan

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.
On the next day, visit Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Roman, then get to know the fascinating history of Ciudad Amurallada, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de San Jose el Alto.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Campeche trip planner.

You can drive from Merida to Campeche in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in January, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Ecoturismo Ich Ha Lol Xaan
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Iglesia de San Roman ©
Iglesia de San Roman
Ecoturismo Ich Ha Lol Xaan ©
Ecoturismo Ich Ha Lol Xaan
Museo Historico de San Jose el Alto ©
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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, examine the collection at Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C., then contemplate the long history of Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina, and finally contemplate the long history of Monte Alban. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Yagul, enjoy the sand and surf 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 see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca online trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Campeche to Oaxaca. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Campeche in January since evenings lows in Oaxaca dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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