17 days in Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

17 days in Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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17 days in Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  21​h
1
Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cancun
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Cozumel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Mexico City
— 1 day
Fly:  22​h
End: Cairo

5
nights
Mexico City

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mexico City vacation planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Mexico City is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cairo to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in December, Mexico City is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

4
nights
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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, adventure, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and stroll through Playa Tortugas.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cancun route planning site .

You can fly from Mexico City to Cancun in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cancun: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Swim with Dolphins
Zipline
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (MiNiAtUrE art Gallery & Tulum Archaeological Site). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, tee off at Playacar Golf Club, and admire the masterpieces at Frida Kahlo Museum.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Cancun to Playa del Carmen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Tulum
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Cozumel

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.
To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 2 hours. In January in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll set off for Mexico City on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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1
day
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, then see the interesting displays at Museo Soumaya, and then wander the streets of Coyoacan.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mexico City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City. While traveling from Cozumel, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Neighborhoods
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Museo Soumaya ©
Museo Soumaya
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan

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