38 days in North America Itinerary

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Cancun
— 3 nights
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
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Oaxaca
— 4 nights
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Zihuatanejo
— 4 nights
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Bacalar
— 2 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Playa del Carmen
— 6 nights
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Merida
— 3 nights
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Holbox Island
— 2 nights
Helicopter to Cancún International Airport, Ferry to Isla Mujeres
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Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
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Cancun
— 2 nights
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Cancun — 3 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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun online trip maker.

Helsinki, Finland to Cancun is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Cancun is minus 7 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Cancun at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Mexico City.
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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.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace, and make a trip to Zocalo.

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

Fly from Cancun to Mexico City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cancun in December, you will find days in Mexico City are little chillier (26°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Oaxaca.
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Oaxaca — 4 nights

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.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, admire the landmark architecture of Exconvento de San Pablo, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca trip itinerary site.

Fly from Mexico City to Oaxaca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Oaxaca, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Zihuatanejo.
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Zihuatanejo — 4 nights

Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
Get out of town with these interesting Zihuatanejo side-trips: Ixtapa (Cielo Zapoteco & Ciclopista de Ixtapa), Ayotlcalli Rescue and Conservation Center (in Playa Blanca) and ECOT (in Troncones). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with Dive Zihua, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, get a dose of the wild on Ixtapa Turtle Release, and take in the exciting artwork at Suazo Art Gallery.

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Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Zihuatanejo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from Oaxaca in December since evenings lows in Zihuatanejo dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bacalar.
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Bacalar — 2 nights

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Bacalar and then wander the wide-open spaces of Num Ka'an Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Estromatolitos and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bacalar road trip planning tool.

Getting from Zihuatanejo to Bacalar by car takes about 22.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zihuatanejo to Bacalar is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Cozumel.
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Cozumel — 4 nights

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 adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see the vivid underwater world at Chankanaab Reef.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel online travel planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Bacalar to Cozumel in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or fly. When traveling from Bacalar in January, plan for slightly colder days in Cozumel, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Playa del Carmen.
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Playa del Carmen — 6 nights

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus & Chichen Itza) and Tulum (Amore Latino Tulum, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). Spend the 10th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get to know the resident critters at Xaman Ha Aviary, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen day trip planning site.

Getting from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Merida: Yucatan Snook (in Chuburna), Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun (in Celestun) and Zona Arqueologica Uxmal (in Uxmal). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc, admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo, take in the exciting artwork at Nahualli Casa de los Artistas, and contemplate the long history of Mayapan Archaeological Zone.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Merida day trip tool.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Merida by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Merida: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Holbox Island.
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Holbox Island — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for gifts at Lolita Boutique Holbox and then view the masterpieces at La Choza de Fito. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Holbox.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Holbox Island day trip tool.

Fly from Merida to Holbox Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Merida in January, plan for little chillier days in Holbox Island, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.
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Isla Mujeres — 2 nights

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): race across the water with a speed boat tour, then delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Guadalupe. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then kick back and relax at Playa Norte, and then look for gifts at Mr Opal.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Isla Mujeres trip itinerary builder.

Ride a ferry from Holbox Island to Isla Mujeres in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Cancun.
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Cancun — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip maker.

You can ride a ferry from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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