11 days in Mexico Itinerary

11 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip planner

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Fly
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Cancun
— 1 night
Ferry
2
Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Bus to Tulum
3
Tulum
— 1 night
Drive
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Bus to Merida, Fly to Mexico City
5
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
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Cancun

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun travel route builder tool.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Cancun is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Juan to Cancun. July in Cancun sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Isla Mujeres

— 1 night
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Guadalupe, then stop by Galeria de Arte Mexicano, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Isla Mujeres day trip app.

You can ride a ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Tulum

— 1 night
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
On the 8th (Mon), Head underground at Gran Cenote, explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the galleries of Balam Art On Feathers, then Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun, and finally browse the exhibits of Art Gallery Miniature.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tulum trip builder website.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla Mujeres to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, then explore the ancient world of La Iglesia, then explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, and finally explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary site.

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Chichen Itza: highs are around 39°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Mexico City

— 1 night

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, make a trip to Zocalo, then view the masterpieces at Yawi Arte Tradicional, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Coyoacan, then see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, then explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mexico City trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Mexico City by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chichen Itza in July, expect nights in Mexico City to be cooler, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Cabo San Lucas

— 3 nights
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Take a break from the city and head to Santa Maria Beach and Shark Diving. Museum-lovers will get to explore Golden Cactus Gallery and Whimsical Art Cabo. There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, look for gifts at Reflections of Cabo, enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach, and stroll through Playa del Amor.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cabo San Lucas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Mexico travel guide

4.5
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.