15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Mexico City
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Playa del Carmen
— 11 nights
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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.
On the 9th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Mexico City is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Mexico City. In July, Mexico City is a bit warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums

Playa del Carmen

— 11 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
For shopping fun, head to La Isla Shopping Village or Ambarte. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chichen Itza and Tulum Archaeological Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Akumal (Akumal Beach & Akumal Ecological Guides), Cancun (Mayan Museum of Cancun, Cancun Wax Museum, &more) and Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus & Temple of the Bearded Man). There's lots more to do: stroll through Paradise Beach, get in on the family fun at Xcaret, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and tee off at Playacar Golf Club.

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You can fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen. Traveling from Mexico City in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Playa del Carmen: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Mexico travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Zipline
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.