7 days in Mexico Itinerary

7 days in Mexico Itinerary

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7 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and then explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

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Newark, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect 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

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

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): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Quinta Avenida and then make a splash at Xcaret Park.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Playa del Carmen to be much warmer, around 68°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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.
On the 31st (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then head outdoors with Water Spout, and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel road trip planning website .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cozumel are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for 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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