8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico), and then stop by Tinta Naranja Urban Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mexico City trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Mexico City is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Toronto in December, plan for much hotter days in Mexico City, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chichen Itza tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Chichen Itza takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Chichen Itza due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Chichen Itza, with highs around 34°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to 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.
Family-friendly places like Xcaret and Akumal Beach will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Cenote Taak Bi Ha, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). There's more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen tour itinerary maker 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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