8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Bus to Cancun, Fly to New York City


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.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get engrossed in the history at Museo Casa Luis Barragan, examine the collection at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, and delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip planning app.

New York City, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 57°F in Mexico City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites


— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Mexico City to Cozumel by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in June, things will get a bit warmer in Cozumel: highs are around 85°F and lows about 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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 (Art Gallery Miniature, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Getting from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chichen Itza travel planner.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 91°F and lows of 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Mexico travel guide

Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.