5 days in Mexico Itinerary

5 days in Mexico Itinerary

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5 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Tulum
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Cozumel
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
End: Washington DC

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia).

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Mexico City trip itinerary planner .

Washington DC, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Mexico City. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Mexico City to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then stroll through Playa Delfines, and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

For ratings and more tourist information, use the Cancun trip planner .

You can fly from Mexico City to Cancun in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cancun is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in July: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 88°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum and then kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tulum day trip planner.

Drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tulum are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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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.
On the 8th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel day trip app .

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cozumel are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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