9 days in Mexico Itinerary

9 days in Mexico Itinerary

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9 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Guadalajara
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Mexico City
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Izamal
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

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night
Guadalajara

Guadalajara ©
One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Aranzazu Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalajara Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Teatro Degollado, then examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Expiatory Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Guadalajara trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Guadalajara is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Washington DC in December, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Guadalajara: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Guadalajara Cathedral ©
Guadalajara Cathedral

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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 27th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Mexico. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Guadalajara to Mexico City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zocalo
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. On the 29th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bacalar trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mexico City to Bacalar. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Bacalar, with highs around 87°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Izamal.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Nature Museums
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe

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Izamal

Izamal ©
Izamal is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 72 km (about 40 miles) east of state capital Mérida, in southern Mexico.Izamal was continuously occupied throughout most of Mesoamerican chronology; in 2000, the city's estimated population was 15,000 people. On the 30th (Mon), look for gifts at Hecho a Mano, explore the ancient world of Izamal Ruins, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Antonio de Padua, then explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Antonio de Padua.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Izamal travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bacalar to Izamal takes 5 hours. In December in Izamal, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Izamal

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua
Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal ©
Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal
Hecho a Mano ©
Hecho a Mano

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): find something for the whole family at Xcaret Park and then don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida. On the next day, Head underground at Gran Cenote and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Izamal to Playa del Carmen takes 3 hours. Traveling from Izamal in December, you will find days in Playa del Carmen are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Gran Cenote
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Gran Cenote ©
Gran Cenote

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