11 days in Mexico Itinerary

11 days in Mexico Itinerary

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11 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h
Cozumel
— 1 night
+3
taxi + ferry + foot + bus:  2​h 15​min
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Mexico City
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + bus + subway:  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.
On the 13th (Thu), see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Paradise Beach and then see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cozumel trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Washington DC in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 72°F in Cozumel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Paraiso and Grand Cenote. Get in touch with nature at Xel-Ha and Mayan Beach. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers, and get a taste of the local shopping with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

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Xel-Ha
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Grand Cenote ©
Grand Cenote

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the ancient world of El Castillo, don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

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You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to 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 your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

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Cenote Yokdzonot
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
El Castillo ©
El Castillo
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), and finally take a stroll through Coyoacan. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, then explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City day trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Mexico City in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in September: highs in Mexico City hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for gifts at Whimsical Cabo, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Chileno Beach. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Divorce beach and then stroll through Playa del Amor.

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Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in September: high temperatures in Cabo San Lucas hover around 86°F and lows are around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

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Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
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