17 days in Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

17 days in Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 5 nights
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Cancun
— 4 nights
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Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Cozumel
— 1 night
Fly
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Mexico City
— 1 day
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Mexico City

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City online sightseeing planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Mexico City is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cairo to Mexico City. Traveling from Cairo in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Mexico City. 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 · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

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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, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cancun trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cancun takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cancun due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cancun, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

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Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Art Gallery Miniature & Tulum Archaeological Site). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Fernando Rodriguez, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

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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.
Plan my day in Cozumel using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Ride a ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. You'll set off for Mexico City on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

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Mexico City

City of Palaces

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, then examine the collection at Museo Soumaya, and then wander the streets of Coyoacan.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mexico City online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cozumel in January: highs in Mexico City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Neighborhoods
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Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

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Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline
A trip to Yucatan Peninsula takes visitors to the southeastern section of Mexico, an area that housed the legendary Maya civilization before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. Much of the region's population traces its origins back to this old culture, and in many of the smaller settlements residents continue to speak the Maya language in addition to Spanish. Yucatan Peninsula tourism thrives largely thanks to the popularity of Cancun, a modern resort town on the so-called "Mayan Riviera." Away from the white-sand coastline, this part of Mexico treats visitors to some of the finest examples of Mayan pyramids and temples, offering a glimpse into the continent's pre-Hispanic history.