10 days in Mexico Itinerary

10 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico tour planner

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Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
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Mexico City
— 2 nights
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Cozumel
— 1 night
Ferry
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Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 2 nights
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Puerto Vallarta

— 1 night
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta holiday planning site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Jeddah to Puerto Vallarta. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in July; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Mexico City

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

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 13th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Casa Luis Barragan, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Mexico City online trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Puerto Vallarta in July, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
On the 15th (Thu), explore the gorgeous colors at Santa Rosa Wall, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cozumel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cozumel: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Playa del Carmen

— 3 nights
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 (Plastic Flamingo, Spas, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Traveling by ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen takes 1.5 hours. In July in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Palenque

— 2 nights
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.
On the 19th (Mon), stroll through Aluxes Palenque, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Playa del Carmen to Palenque in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Palenque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palenque

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.