8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Mexico City
— 1 night
2
Oaxaca
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 15​min
3
Tulum
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 30th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then don't miss a visit to Alameda Central, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo de Frida Kahlo, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then take a stroll through Polanco, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City online trip builder .

Charlotte, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Charlotte to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Mexico City are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan ©
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo de Arte Popular ©
Museo de Arte Popular

1
night
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
On the 1st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Bocana, examine the collection at Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C., admire the striking features of Basilica de la Soledad, then view the masterpieces at Voces de Copal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip planning tool .

You can fly from Mexico City to Oaxaca in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa La Bocana
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Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C. ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Voces de Copal ©
Voces de Copal

1
night
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Balam Art On Feathers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach, then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, and finally stop by Kaahal Home Tulum. Keep things going the next day: make a splash at Xel-Ha.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Tulum takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tulum when traveling from Oaxaca in June, with lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Xel-Ha
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
MiNiAtUrE art Gallery ©
MiNiAtUrE art Gallery

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa de San Martin and Museo de la Isla de Cozumel. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Palancar Reef. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel, and identify plant and animal life at Cozumel Pearl Farm.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cozumel trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Fishing Charters & Tours

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