18 days in Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 2 nights
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San Juan Teotihuacan
— 2 nights
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Merida
— 2 nights
Drive
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Campeche
— 1 night
Drive
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Palenque
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calakmul
— 2 nights
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Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
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Cancun
— 2 nights
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Mexico City

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): deepen your understanding at Iglesia de San Francisco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and then admire the natural beauty at Floating Gardens of Xochimilco. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally steep yourself in history at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

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Kansas City, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. In February, daytime highs in Mexico City are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

San Juan Teotihuacan

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Teotihuacan Pyramids, and then explore the ancient world of Palacio de Tepantitla.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Juan Teotihuacan driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Merida.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites

Merida

— 2 nights
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay, contemplate the long history of Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral de Merida, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Grande. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Posheria Merida, delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, and then make a trip to Paseo de Montejo.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Merida road trip app.

Traveling by flight from San Juan Teotihuacan to Merida takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, subway, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan Teotihuacan to Merida is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in February, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Campeche

— 1 night
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Campeche, then contemplate the long history of Puerta de Tierra, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zona Arquelogica Edzna.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Campeche road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Merida to Campeche takes 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites

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 13th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque, make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha and then admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Palenque trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Campeche to Palenque takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Campeche to Palenque is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Calakmul

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stroll through Calakmul. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Balamku Archaeological Zone and then examine the collection at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Calakmul trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Palenque to Calakmul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen

— 3 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Kaahal Home Tulum & Tulum Archaeological Site). Spend the 19th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Calakmul to Playa del Carmen in 7 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chichen Itza, Playa Tortugas and Zona Arqueológica El Meco. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza and then take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco, then kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, and then don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun day trip app.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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.

Campeche travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites