9 days in Mexico Itinerary

9 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico tour planner

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Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
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Cozumel
— 1 night
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Mexico City
— 2 nights
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Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
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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 (Spas, Tulum Tower, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Spokane, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Spokane to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Spokane in September, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Playa del Carmen: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Cozumel

— 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.
On the 5th (Sun), experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Rosa Wall, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cozumel online road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

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.
On the 6th (Mon), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally don't miss a visit to Zocalo. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cozumel in September, things will get slightly colder in Mexico City: highs are around 73°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Cabo San Lucas

— 2 nights
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke and then explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of life in the country at Cuadra San Francisco and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Cabo San Lucas is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mexico travel guide

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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.