8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Tulum
— 2 nights
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
5
Cancun
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip builder site .

San Francisco, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, things will get a bit warmer in Cozumel: highs are around 86°F and lows about 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida and then make a splash at Xcaret Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cenote Chaak Tun ©
Cenote Chaak Tun

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Gran Cenote and then stroll through Paradise Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tulum trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Tulum are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
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 19th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, then explore the fascinating underground world of Balankanche Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza tour planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in August, things will get a bit warmer in Chichen Itza: highs are around 92°F and lows about 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot
Balankanche Cave ©
Balankanche Cave

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Playa Delfines and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun travel route tool .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

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

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