15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Palenque
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h
3
Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London

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.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Mexico City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Palenque trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Palenque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls

1
night
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get outside with Estromatolitos and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bacalar day trip app .

Traveling by bus from Palenque to Bacalar takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Palenque to Bacalar, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 17th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, make a trip to Chichen Itza, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bacalar to Chichen Itza takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dzibichaltun
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site & Kaahal Home Tulum). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in August, with highs in Playa del Carmen at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
On the 21st (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cozumel Pearl Farm and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel day trip app .

Drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cozumel are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

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