8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Veracruz
Fly:  3​h
1
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Veracruz

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.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, do sightseeing at your own pace with Ride MB, and admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip planner .

Veracruz to Mexico City is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Veracruz in November, expect Mexico City to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Cozumel travel route app .

Getting from Mexico City to Cozumel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in November: high temperatures in Cozumel hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site & Kaahal Home Tulum) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen online visit planner .

You can drive from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun, contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, then steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip maker site .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dzibichaltun
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

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