8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 1 night
— 1 night
Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Tulum
— 3 nights
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
— 1 night


Mexico City — 1 night

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo del Azucar, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and then examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at National Palace, make a trip to Zocalo, then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

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Detroit, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Detroit in August: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 75°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Palenque.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Palenque — 1 night

Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls.

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Getting from Mexico City to Palenque by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Tulum.
Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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Tulum — 3 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Step out of Tulum to go to Playa del Carmen and see Xcaret, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Make the 14th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, see the interesting displays at Mystika Immersive, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Tulum in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Tulum. August in Tulum sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.
Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Spas
Side Trip
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Chichen Itza — 1 night

Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil and then steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza.

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Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer than Tulum - with highs of 92°F and lows of 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Cozumel.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Cozumel — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip itinerary website.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Cozumel by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, Cozumel is a bit cooler than Chichen Itza - with highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Mexico travel guide

Ruins · Zipline · Beaches
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.