16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico itinerary planner

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Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
Fly
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 1 night
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Cancun

— 2 nights
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.
Visiting National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Tankah Beach and Playa Chacmool. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Puerto Morelos (Spas, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Torre Escenica, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Caracol, see Off-Road Tours, and tee off at Iberostar Golf Club Cancún.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cancun online trip planner.

Krakow, Poland to Cancun is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Krakow to Cancun due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Krakow, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cancun, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 25th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo Del Textil, take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Agua Clara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playas de Catazaja, stroll through Aluxes Palenque, then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Palenque trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cancun to Palenque takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Palenque due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque De Los Ciervos and Paso de Cortes. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zona Arqueológica Cuicuilco and Estadio Olimpico Universitario. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Tlalpan, stroll around Parque La Mexicana, stroll through Reserva Ecologica Cuemanco-Xochimilco, and take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Coyoacan.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Palenque to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Juan Teotihuacan

— 1 night
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.
On the 29th (Sat), stop by Comercializadora Artesanal Teotihuacan.

To find ratings and tourist information, use the San Juan Teotihuacan trip itinerary website.

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 30th (Sun) early enough to fly to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 31st (Mon): explore the ancient world of La Iglesia, see the vivid underwater world at Chinchorro Reef, explore the fascinating underground world of Balankanche Cave, then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, then explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, and finally explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chichen Itza trip planner.

You can fly from San Juan Teotihuacan to Chichen Itza in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Juan Teotihuacan to Chichen Itza due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Los Fundadores and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cenotes Sac Actun and Skydiving. Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Playa del Carmen (3D Museum of Wonders, JellyFish Lamps, &more), La Playa Xpuha (in Xpu-Ha) and Akumal (Yal-ku Lagoon & Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Ecopark Kantun Chi, contemplate the waterfront views at Aktun Chen, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum journey tool.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chichen Itza in May; daily highs in Tulum reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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.
To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

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.