18 days in Mexico & New York City Itinerary

18 days in Mexico & New York City Itinerary

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18 days in Mexico & New York City Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  20 h 45 min
1
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
4
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4
nights
Tulum, Mexico

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tulum trip builder tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tulum is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Tulum is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Dubai in May, things will get little chillier in Tulum: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Climbing Tours
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

3
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cozumel Pearl Farm, put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, and find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel online travel route planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. May in Cozumel sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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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
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, examine the collection at Museo del Azucar, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and steep yourself in history at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Cozumel to Mexico City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cozumel in May, with highs in Mexico City at 30°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

5
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Central Park, examine the collection at 9/11 Memorial, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

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Traveling by flight from Mexico City to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Mexico City in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in New York City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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