11 days in Mexico Itinerary

11 days in Mexico Itinerary

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11 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Mexico City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Papantla
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 15​min
4
Calakmul
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Uxmal
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Coba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 22nd (Sun), browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City day trip website .

Newark, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: highs in Mexico City hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

1
night
San Juan Teotihuacan

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get outside with Flying Pictures Mexico and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan Teotihuacan tour planner.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Papantla.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Outdoors Historic Sites
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1
night
Papantla

Papantla ©
Papantla is a city and municipality located in the north of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, in the Sierra Papanteca range and on the Gulf of Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): walk around Eco Park Xanath - Papantla, then explore the ancient world of El Tajin, and then walk around Parque Israel C. Tellez.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Papantla trip planner .

Drive from San Juan Teotihuacan to Papantla in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Papantla

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Eco Park Xanath - Papantla ©
Eco Park Xanath - Papantla
El Tajin ©
El Tajin
Parque Israel C. Tellez ©
Parque Israel C. Tellez

1
day
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Calakmul Archaeological Zone.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Calakmul trip planner .

Getting from Papantla to Calakmul by car takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Papantla to Calakmul due to the time zone difference. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uxmal.

Things to do in Calakmul

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

1
night
Uxmal

Uxmal ©
On the 26th (Thu), head outdoors with Mirador de Muna, then explore the ancient world of Kabah, then get engrossed in the history at Choco Story, and finally make a trip to Uxmal.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uxmal vacation tool .

Getting from Calakmul to Uxmal by car takes about 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Mirador de Muna, Kabah
Highlights from your plan
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Mirador de Muna ©
Mirador de Muna
Kabah ©
Kabah

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night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
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 27th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, then contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip planner.

Getting from Uxmal to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Uxmal in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chichen Itza, with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Coba.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dzibichaltun
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

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night
Coba

Coba ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Sac Ac Tun and then explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Coba trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Coba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Coba, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Coba

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Sun), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then find something for the whole family at Xcaret.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Coba to Playa del Carmen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Coba in December: high temperatures in Playa del Carmen hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Skydiving

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Cozumel trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 2 hours. In December in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Pueblo del Maiz ©
Pueblo del Maiz

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