9 days in Mexico City, Cancun & Tapachula Itinerary

9 days in Mexico City, Cancun & Tapachula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico planner

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Mexico City
— 3 nights
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Cancun
— 3 nights
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Tapachula
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Zocalo. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Templo Mayor are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, steep yourself in history at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mexico City holiday planning site.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Mexico City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mexico City, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. Get some cultural insight at La Isla Shopping Village and Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Capilla de Guadalupe & Galeria de Arte Mexicano). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, and make a trip to EL Sol de Cancun.

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Fly from Mexico City to Cancun in 4 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 Cancun. In May, Cancun is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Tapachula.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Tapachula

Tapachula de Córdova y Ordóñez, simply known as Tapachula, is a city and municipality located in the far southwest of the state of Chiapas in Mexico, near the Guatemalan border and the Pacific Ocean. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia la Luz del Mundo.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tapachula trip planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Tapachula in 18.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Tapachula is minus 1 hour. May in Tapachula sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tapachula

Historic Sites
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