26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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26 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Mexico City
— 4 nights
2
Acapulco
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Tulum
— 6 nights
5
Cancun
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

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.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Mexico City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Central Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, expect Mexico City to be cooler, temps between 24°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Acapulco.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan ©
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
Bosque de Chapultepec ©
Bosque de Chapultepec
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve ©

5
nights
Acapulco

Acapulco ©
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Bring the kids along to Barra Vieja Beach and Playa Revolcadero. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Condesa and Playa Pie de la Cuesta. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Icacos, stop by La Isla Acapulco Shopping Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventura, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Las Brisas.

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

You can fly from Mexico City to Acapulco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in February, expect nights in Acapulco to be much warmer, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Ventura
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Barra Vieja Beach ©
Barra Vieja Beach
Playa Pie de la Cuesta ©
Playa Pie de la Cuesta
Playa Condesa ©
Playa Condesa

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Palancar, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, and delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Acapulco to Cozumel in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Acapulco, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cozumel, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Paraiso and Akumal Beach. Attractions like Xel-Ha and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xcaret Park (in Playa del Carmen). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, Head underground at Grand Cenote, and get outside with Cenote Tak Be Ha.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tulum day trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xcaret Park, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Xel-Ha
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

4
nights
Cancun

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.
Attractions like Playa Delfines and Selvatica make great kid-friendly stops. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Norte and Playa Tortugas. Take a break from Cancun with a short trip to Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Plaza Las Americas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Selvatica ©
Selvatica
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

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