8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 day
3
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
On the 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center (Centro Historico), and then look for gifts at Tinta Naranja Urban Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City journey planner .

Toronto, Canada to Mexico City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Toronto to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, you will find days in Mexico City are much warmer (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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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

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the ancient world of El Castillo and then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chichen Itza trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Chichen Itza takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Mexico City, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Chichen Itza, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Paraiso and Akumal Beach. Family-friendly places like Xel-Ha and Xcaret Park will thrill your kids. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Tulum (Cenote Tak Be Ha, Ruins of Tulum, & more).

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen journey app .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, Playa del Carmen is a bit cooler than Chichen Itza - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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