6 days in Mexico Itinerary

6 days in Mexico Itinerary

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6 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Cancun
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
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 28th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, make a trip to Zocalo, then admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and then examine the collection at Museo de Frida Kahlo.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Mexico City travel route site .

Chicago, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Mexico City at 72°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour and then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site. Here are some ideas for day two: make a splash at Xcaret Park and then make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen vacation planner .

You can fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Playa del Carmen: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Tulum
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

1
night
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 1st (Wed): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

Before you visit Cancun, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cancun by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

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