17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico Trip Planner

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Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cozumel
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 day
Bus to Merida, Fly to Mexico City
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Mexico City
— 1 night
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Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Monumento y Museo de la Revolucion. Change things up with a short trip to Cosmovitral Jardin Botanico in Toluca (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, explore the engaging exhibits at Memory and Tolerance Museum, walk around Alameda Central, and look for gifts at Tinta Naranja Urban Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Mexico City holiday planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Mexico City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Jose in October: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Tours · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, take in panoramic vistas at Torre Escenica, and then don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Plaza Las Americas, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco, and then play a few rounds at Playa Mujeres Golf Club.

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Fly from Mexico City to Cancun in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in October, with highs in Cancun at 35°C and lows at 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Cozumel

— 3 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.
You've now added Chac Choc Tours to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Submarine Tours and Columbia Reef. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel and kick back and relax at Playa Palancar Cozumel Beach Club.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel travel route builder website.

Getting from Cancun to Cozumel by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You'll set off for Playa del Carmen on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Playa del Carmen

— 2 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Los Fundadores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Tulum

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Centro Ecologico Akumal, Riviera Maya Experiences and Conciencia Tours & Travel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park and Plastic Flamingo. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Beach, shop like a local with Art Gallery Miniature, and look for gifts at La Llorona.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tulum trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Chichen Itza

— 1 day
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 15th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip planning website.

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in Chichen Itza. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Mexico City

— 1 night

City of Palaces

Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): gain insight at Ciudad Universitaria, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Latino.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Mexico City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chichen Itza to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Chichen Itza in October, plan for slightly colder days in Mexico City, with highs around 26°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Mexico travel guide

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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.