17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

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17 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Cancun

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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun attractions planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cancun is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Cancun is minus 7 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in June, with highs in Cancun at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

4
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, get outside with Ana y Jose Beach Club, and contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline

3
nights
Cozumel

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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, and stroll through Cozumel Pearl Farm.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In June in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
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). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, Mexico City is little chillier than Cozumel - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Bosque de Chapultepec ©
Bosque de Chapultepec
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

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