8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Drive:  2 h
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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), take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel attractions planning app.

San Francisco, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Traveling from San Francisco to Cozumel, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): make a trip to Quinta Avenida and then find something for the whole family at Xcaret. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. August in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In August in Tulum, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, then Head underground at Balankanche Cave, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip planner.

Drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in August: high temperatures in Chichen Itza hover around 92°F and lows are around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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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 20th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Delfines and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun holiday builder.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Cancun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Cancun sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

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

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