21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Puebla
— 1 day
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
4
Oaxaca
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Merida
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h
7
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Paris

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.
Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and examine the collection at Museo Soumaya.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mexico City visit planner.

Paris, France to Mexico City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. In June, daytime highs in Mexico City are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites 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

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra, then explore the world behind art at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario).

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Puebla online road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Mexico City to Puebla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Puebla are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales ©
Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City
For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City online driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Puebla to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Tours Museums Nightlife

3
nights
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez, and examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca.

Before you visit Oaxaca, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oaxaca, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Tule Tree
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua

2
nights
Merida

Merida ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Posheria Merida, explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, and then admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Plaza Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Merida road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Merida takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Oaxaca in July; daily highs in Merida reach 41°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Plaza Grande ©
Plaza Grande
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon ©
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon

4
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.
Playa del Carmen is known for theme parks, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Merida to Playa del Carmen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Merida in July, you will find days in Playa del Carmen are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline

2
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 13th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, see the vivid underwater world at Two Eyes Cenote, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum day trip website .

You can take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Another option is to drive. In July, daytime highs in Tulum are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Climbing Tours

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: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Zipline
Interactive Aquarium ©
Interactive Aquarium

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