8 days in Mexico Itinerary

8 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Fly to Cancun, Bus to Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza
— 1 day
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Mexico City
— 3 nights


Chichen Itza

— 1 day
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza vacation planning site.

London, UK to Chichen Itza is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from London in July, you will find days in Chichen Itza are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are much hotter (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
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Playa del Carmen

— 3 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (Art Gallery Miniature, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in July, expect Playa del Carmen to be little chillier, temps between 35°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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— 1 night
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 27th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Santa Rosa Wall, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cozumel day trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cozumel are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
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Mexico City

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 28th (Wed), ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa Luis Barragan, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City online travel planner.

Getting from Cozumel to Mexico City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cozumel in July; daily highs in Mexico City reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

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Mexico travel guide

Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.