16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
3
Calakmul
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Palenque
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Ferry to Playa del Carmen, Fly to Edinburgh

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Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen). Spend the 29th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum itinerary planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Tulum is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Edinburgh to Tulum, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in August, things will get warmer in Tulum: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
On the 31st (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil and then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulum in August; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 39°C and lows reach 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Calakmul

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Calakmul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Calakmul day trip planning tool.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Calakmul in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Calakmul

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palenque

— 3 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.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Palenque travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Calakmul to Palenque takes 6 hours. Traveling from Calakmul to Palenque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Mexico City

— 3 nights

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). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mexico City itinerary maker.

Getting from Palenque to Mexico City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Cozumel

— 2 nights
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 9th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cozumel travel route builder app.

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. Traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in September, expect Cozumel to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Classes

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.