17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

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17 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  6​h 15​min
3
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Puebla
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
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.
When in Playa del Carmen, make a side trip to see Casa Cenote in Tulum, approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

Make your Playa del Carmen itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Playa del Carmen, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in February, expect Playa del Carmen to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Casa Cenote
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline

2
nights
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 11th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza online travel route planner .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in February, with highs in Chichen Itza at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dzibichaltun
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

2
nights
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Templo de Santo Domingo, explore the galleries of Arteria Chiapas, and then explore the stunning scenery at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Artisan2you, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, and then don't miss a visit to Chiapa de Corzo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to San Cristobal de las Casas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza to San Cristobal de las Casas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chichen Itza in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Cristobal de las Casas, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Palenque.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, Chiapa de Corzo
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Artisan2you ©
Artisan2you

2
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier" and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aluxes Palenque, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Palenque planner .

You can take a bus from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puebla.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes Palenque ©
Aluxes Palenque

1
night
Puebla

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
On the 16th (Sun), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Africam Safari, stroll through Museo Viviente, and then wander the streets of Zocalo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra, examine the collection at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), then pause for some serene contemplation at Tonantzintla, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Talavera de la Reyna.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puebla trip builder tool .

Getting from Palenque to Puebla by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Puebla are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tonantzintla
Highlights from your plan
Zocalo ©
Zocalo
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)

5
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip maker tool .

You can take a bus from Puebla to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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