8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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8 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site & Kaahal Home Tulum). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in February; daily highs in Playa del Carmen reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

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

2
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, then contemplate the long history of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then contemplate the long history of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mexico City online journey planner .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in February, things will get little chillier in Mexico City: highs are around 28°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites
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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

2
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.
On the 14th (Fri), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta holiday builder website .

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Puerto Vallarta when traveling from Mexico City in February, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

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