23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Mexico City
1
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Puebla
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Calakmul
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Bacalar
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 45 min
7
Tulum
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
8
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Mexico City

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Museo Frida Kahlo has been added to your itinerary. Step out of Mexico City to go to Puebla and see Zocalo, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arquitectura, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Sitio Teotihuacan.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip builder.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. January in Mexico City sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. You'll set off for Puebla on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zocalo
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo
Museo de Sitio Teotihuacan ©
Museo de Sitio Teotihuacan

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Puebla

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zona Arqueológica de Cholula. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario). Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Africam Safari, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tonantzintla.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puebla road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Mexico City to Puebla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, Tonantzintla
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario)
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Tonantzintla ©
Tonantzintla

2
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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 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and then make a trip to Zocalo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Soledad and then delve into the distant past at Monte Alban.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oaxaca vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Puebla to Oaxaca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Puebla in January, with highs in Oaxaca at 32°C and lows at 10°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Basilica de la Soledad ©
Basilica de la Soledad

2
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then stroll through Aluxes. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Palenque trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Oaxaca to Palenque in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Museums
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

2
nights
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
You've now added Calakmul Archaeological Zone to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Calakmul to Campeche to see Chicana Mayan Ruins about 1h 15 min away.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Calakmul day trip site.

Getting from Palenque to Calakmul by car takes about 6 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Campeche, Xpuhil, Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul ©
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul
Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone
Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul ©

1
night
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. You've now added Lake Bacalar to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de San Felipe and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Cocalitos.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bacalar day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Calakmul to Bacalar takes 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Bacalar can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Nature Museums
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe
Cocalitos ©
Cocalitos

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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.
You've now added Easy Chango to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get outside with Easy Chango and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower, and then take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers.

Plan my Tulum trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can take a bus from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Bacalar, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Easy Chango ©
Easy Chango
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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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.
You've now added Scuba & Snorkeling to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Xcaret.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Playa del Carmen trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Take a bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, then Head underground at Balankanche Cave, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Izamal Ruins, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de San Antonio de Padua, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Chichen Itza. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Izamal, Cenote Yokdzonot
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot