8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Mexico City
— 2 nights
2
San Miguel de Allende
— 1 night
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  7​h
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
4
Cancun
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Tampa

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 15th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally shop like a local with Arto Otra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo de Frida Kahlo, then delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally make a trip to Zocalo.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City online driving holiday planner .

Tampa, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Tampa, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

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

1
night
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora, get a taste of the local shopping with Casa Michoacana, and then admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Mexico City in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Miguel de Allende: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

3
nights
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.
Let the collections at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Balam Art On Feathers capture your imagination. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Akumal Beach and Mayan Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of IK Lab, and look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Miguel de Allende to Tulum in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tulum when traveling from San Miguel de Allende in August, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Cancun

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
On the 21st (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Delfines and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

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