8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Fly to Cancun, Bus to Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza
— 4 nights
Mexico City
— 3 nights


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 10th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

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San Salvador, El Salvador to Chichen Itza is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Salvador to Chichen Itza, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Salvador in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in Chichen Itza. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
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— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Paradise Beach and Playa Pescadores. Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Mayan Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers.

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Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in July, expect Tulum to be slightly colder, temps between 35°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Tulum

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Mexico City

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Visit Historic Center (Centro Historico) and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Beer Tastings & Tours and Zocalo. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, contemplate the long history of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor.

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Fly from Tulum to Mexico City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tulum to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tulum in July, with highs in Mexico City at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Mexico travel guide

Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.