23 days in Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

23 days in Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
1
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Mahahual
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
10
Holbox Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Durban

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 Chapultepec Park, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology, and then wander the streets of La Condesa.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City road trip planner .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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2
nights
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): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, then shop like a local with Galeria Balance Cancun, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Mexico City to Cancun in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cancun: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Thu), examine the collection at Captain Dulche's Museum, delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Norte and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Isla Mujeres sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

2
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.
On the 6th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at La Playa Xpuha, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, then explore the world behind art 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.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

La Playa Xpuha
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La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Scuba & Snorkeling
3D Museum of Wonders ©
3D Museum of Wonders

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Cielo and then explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cozumel holiday builder tool .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by combination of ferry and taxi takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Cozumel are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Paraiso and Mayan Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ruins of Tulum and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Thu) at Xel-Ha. There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum road trip planning site .

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by combination of taxi, ferry, and bus takes about 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Valladolid.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of El Castillo, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ossuary. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Ek Balam, Head underground at 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 maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Valladolid trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Tulum to Valladolid in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in July: high temperatures in Valladolid hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Cenote Hubiku, Ek Balam
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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): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then choose your vessel at Veleando Ando Bacalar. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bacalar online holiday planner .

Getting from Valladolid to Bacalar by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Bacalar

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

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): look for gifts at Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Mahahual attractions planner.

Drive from Bacalar to Mahahual in 1.5 hours. In July in Mahahual, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Mahahual

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

1
night
Holbox Island

Holbox Island
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio Holbox, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Coco Beach, and then look for gifts at Lolita Boutique Holbox.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Holbox Island route maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mahahual to Holbox Island. Traveling from Mahahual in July, you will find days in Holbox Island are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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