20 days in North America Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 5 nights
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Merida
— 3 nights
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Valladolid
— 2 nights
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Tulum
— 2 nights
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Cancun
— 7 nights
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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.
You've now added Palacio de Bellas Artes to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo del Templo Mayor and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. When traveling from New York City in January, plan for warmer days in Mexico City, with highs around 69°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 44°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Merida.
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Merida — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mayapan Archaeological Zone.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Merida trip app.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Merida takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Merida. When traveling from Mexico City in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Merida, with highs around 85°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for Valladolid.
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Valladolid — 2 nights

Sultana of the East

One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Chichen Itza has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, then delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Valladolid travel tool.

Getting from Merida to Valladolid by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 75°F in Valladolid. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tulum.
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Tulum — 2 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Mystika Immersive has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Fri), explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site and then explore the world behind art at Mystika Immersive.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tulum driving holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from Valladolid to Tulum in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in February, things will get a bit cooler in Tulum: highs are around 80°F and lows about 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Cancun.
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Cancun — 7 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Zona Arqueológica El Meco and La Isla Shopping Village. Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Playa Chacmool. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Playa El Centro (in Isla Mujeres) and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos (in Puerto Morelos).

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun road trip planning tool.

Drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
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