17 days in Mexico & Oaxaca Itinerary

17 days in Mexico & Oaxaca Itinerary

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17 days in Mexico & Oaxaca Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Huatulco
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Oaxaca
— 1 night
6
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Edmonton


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race. Here are some ideas for day two: laugh and play at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, then explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef, and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel driving holiday planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Cozumel is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Cozumel is 2 hours. In March, Cozumel is much hotter than Edmonton - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Xel-Ha and Akumal Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Gran Cenote & Tulum Archaeological Site). There's still lots to do: make a splash at Xcaret Park and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen road trip planning app .

You can drive from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. In March in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

3
nights
Cancun

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Kids will enjoy Selvatica and El Parque de las Palapas. Spend the 24th (Tue) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

Plan trip to Cancun with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cancun takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Cancun, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Huatulco.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Selvatica ©
Selvatica
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines

1
day
Huatulco

Huatulco ©
A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour and then stroll through Cacaluta.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Huatulco journey planning site .

Getting from Cancun to Huatulco by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Cancun in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Huatulco: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Huatulco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Cacaluta ©
Cacaluta
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the galleries of Monte Alban, admire the striking features of Basilica de la Soledad, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Oaxaca trip builder .

You can fly from Huatulco to Oaxaca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Huatulco in March since evenings lows in Oaxaca dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Basilica de la Soledad ©
Basilica de la Soledad

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.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the galleries of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City travel planner.

You can fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Oaxaca, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan ©
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Step out of Puerto Vallarta to go to Bucerias and see Art in Amber, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, and don't miss a visit to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in March since evenings lows in Puerto Vallarta dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Marietas Islands, Art in Amber
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Swim with Dolphins
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

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