18 days in Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Merida
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uxmal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Campeche
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calakmul
Drive
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Bonampak
— 1 night
Drive
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Palenque
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puebla
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún and then examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral de Merida, steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, then make a trip to Paseo de Montejo, and finally stop by B&G Atelier.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Merida online route planner.

Paris, France to Merida is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Paris in October, with highs in Merida at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Uxmal.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Uxmal

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Zona Arqueologica de Kabah, take an in-depth tour of Choco Story uxmal, and then contemplate the long history of Uxmal.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read Uxmal travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Merida to Uxmal takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Uxmal are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Campeche.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Campeche

— 2 nights
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.
On the 20th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Zona Arquelogica Edzna and then steep yourself in history at Puerta de Tierra. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Campeche, take a stroll through Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche, and then examine the collection at Fuerte-Museo San Miguel.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Campeche trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Uxmal to Campeche by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Campeche can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Calakmul

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Calakmul.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Calakmul tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Campeche to Calakmul in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bonampak.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Bonampak

— 1 night
For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Bonampak travel website.

Drive from Calakmul to Bonampak in 8 hours. Traveling from Calakmul to Bonampak, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Palenque on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Bonampak

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.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Palenque road trip app.

Traveling by car from Bonampak to Palenque takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

San Cristobal de las Casas

— 2 nights
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 26th (Tue): examine the collection at Museo del Ambar and then take in breathtaking views at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Templo de Santo Domingo, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take an in-depth tour of Asociacion Cultural Na Bolom.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas holiday site.

You can take a shuttle from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Puebla.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puebla

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra, then stop by Zocalo, and then look for gifts at La monarca. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Africam Safari and then see the interesting displays at Museo Amparo.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puebla trip planner.

You can fly from San Cristobal de las Casas to Puebla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in October: high temperatures in Puebla hover around 28°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
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. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Puebla to Mexico City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Mexico City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.

Chiapas travel guide

4.4
Waterfalls · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Mexico's southernmost state, Chiapas encompasses a relatively compact area that packs quite a punch when it comes to natural attractions. Chiapas tours lead visitors through a mountainous area dotted with pristine lakes, national parks, and friendly pueblos largely unspoiled by mass tourism. The city of San Cristobal acts as a natural base for many Chiapas holidays, featuring everything from centuries-old churches to trendy bars. Day-trip ideas from this lively urban center include tours of nearby Mayan ruins and visits to one of Mexico's remotest biosphere reserves. At the far south of the state, you'll likely have one of the last stretches of the country's relatively undeveloped coastline all to yourself.