11 days in Mexico Itinerary

11 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  6 h
1
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  8 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Cozumel

Cozumel ©
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 13th (Thu): see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel and then take in the dramatic natural features at Palancar Reef.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cozumel when traveling from Washington DC in September, with lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel

3
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Beach and Gran Cenote. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Balam Art On Feathers. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, browse the exhibits of Art Gallery Miniature, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip app.

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by car takes about 2.5 hours. September in Tulum sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza and then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chichen Itza trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 19th (Wed), admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally visit Coyoacan. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, then explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Mexico City in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chichen Itza to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chichen Itza in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Mexico City, with highs around 73°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for gifts at Whimsical Art Cabo, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Chileno Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Divorce beach and then kick back and relax at Playa del Amor.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas travel planning app.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in September; daily highs in Cabo San Lucas reach 86°F and lows reach 76°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Scuba & Snorkeling

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