23 days in Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

23 days in Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 3 nights
2
Cancun
— 2 nights
3
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
4
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
5
Cozumel
— 2 nights
6
Tulum
— 3 nights
7
Valladolid
— 2 nights
8
Bacalar
— 2 nights
9
Mahahual
— 1 day
10
Holbox Island
— 1 night

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and then take a stroll through La Condesa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City road trip planning tool.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Historic Center (Centro Historico) ©
Historic Center (Centro Historico)
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, then explore the galleries of Galeria Balance Cancun, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cancun tour itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cancun in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in July; daily highs in Cancun reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Captain Dulche's Museum, then delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Isla Mujeres route site.

Getting from Cancun to Isla Mujeres by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Isla Mujeres sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): kick back and relax at La Playa Xpuha, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, then admire the masterpieces at 3D Museum of Wonders, and finally look for gifts at El Jaguar Dorado. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

La Playa Xpuha
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La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church ©

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Cozumel

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the depths of the sea with a submarine tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa El Cielo and then see the vivid underwater world at Columbia Reef.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip itinerary maker tool.

You can ride a ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Submarine Tours

3
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mayan Beach and Paradise Beach. Get some cultural insight at Tulum Archaeological Site and Art Gallery Miniature. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Tulum sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Valladolid.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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Valladolid

Valladolid ©
One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and then delve into the distant past at The Ossuary. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Ek Balam, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Hubiku, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem, and finally don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Valladolid trip maker.

Drive from Tulum to Valladolid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, Valladolid is a bit warmer than Tulum - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Bacalar.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Cenote Hubiku
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Hubiku ©
Cenote Hubiku

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Bacalar

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then add some adventure to your tour with Veleando Ando Bacalar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): head outdoors with Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

Plan my day in Bacalar using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Valladolid to Bacalar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Veleando Ando Bacalar ©
Veleando Ando Bacalar

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Mahahual

Mahahual ©
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
On the 17th (Wed), look for gifts at Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Maya Chan Beach.

Plan trip to Mahahual with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Bacalar to Mahahual in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry ©
Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry

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night
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
On the 18th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Holbox, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Coco Beach, and then stop by Lolita Boutique Holbox.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Holbox Island trip itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Mahahual to Holbox Island with the Route module. Traveling from Mahahual in July, you will find days in Holbox Island are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Lolita Boutique Holbox ©
Lolita Boutique Holbox

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