9 days in Mexico Itinerary

9 days in Mexico Itinerary

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9 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Fort Smith

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel travel route builder site .

Fort Smith, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Fort Smith to Cozumel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Cozumel is much warmer than Fort Smith - with highs of 78°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

3
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.
Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site, Kaahal Home Tulum, & more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Xcaret and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen road trip planner.

You can drive from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Tulum, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

1
night
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Playa del Carmen to Puerto Vallarta takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Vallarta can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mexico City trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, Mexico City is a bit cooler than Puerto Vallarta - with highs of 69°F and lows of 44°F. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Zocalo ©
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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