7 days in Mexico Itinerary

7 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Mexico City
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Newark

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Mexico City trip planner.

Newark, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: highs in Mexico City hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums
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Zocalo
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida and then get in on the family fun at Xcaret.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Playa del Carmen, with highs around 80°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Tulum
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Climbing Tours

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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.
On the 31st (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cozumel vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. December in Cozumel sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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