4 days in Mexico City & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

4 days in Mexico City & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

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4 days in Mexico City & Playa del Carmen Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
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Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Mexico City

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Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, then explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Postal, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mexico City sightseeing planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Mexico City. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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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 11th (Wed): cool off at Xel-Ha. On the next day, make a trip to Quinta Avenida and then cool off at Xcaret Park.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Playa del Carmen tour planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen. In September, Playa del Carmen is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

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