11 days in Mexico Itinerary

11 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico itinerary planner

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Merida
— 2 nights
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
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Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
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Merida

— 2 nights
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Merida, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Jesus,Tercera Orden, then examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and finally contemplate the long history of Dzibilchaltún.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Merida trip planning site.

Seattle, USA to Merida is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle to Merida, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in May, with highs in Merida at 99°F and lows at 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Merida

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mexico City planner.

Fly from Merida to Mexico City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Merida, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 13:

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.
Spend the 13th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, look for gifts at El Jaguar Dorado, explore the world behind art at 3D Museum of Wonders, and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

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

You can fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in May, expect Playa del Carmen to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

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Mexico travel guide

4.5
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.