9 days in Mexico Itinerary

9 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cancun
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
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Cancun

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Langosta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Chacmool, then see the interesting displays at Cancun Wax Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Scorpion’s Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cancun sightseeing planning website.

Washington, USA to Cancun is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 76°F in Cancun. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

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Playa del Carmen

— 2 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Riviera Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Riviera Maya, and then take in the exciting artwork at Caminarte. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, then explore the world behind art at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, then explore the world behind art at Museo Frida Kahlo, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria de Arte 5ta Avenida.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Museums · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors
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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.
On the 4th (Wed), Head underground at Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum, take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers, enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower, then head outdoors with Tankah, and finally browse for treasures at Mexicarte. Here are some ideas for day two: see the colorful underwater world with Soliman Bay Tours, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, then try out the rides at Parque De Cenotes Yax-Muul, and finally shop like a local with Art Gallery Miniature.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum online route planner.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Cozumel

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at The Mayan Cacao Company, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then stroll through Paseo El Cedral Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Yucab Reef, see the vivid underwater world at El Paso del Cedral Reef, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel).

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel driving holiday website.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
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Mexico travel guide

4.5
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.