12 days in Cancun & Mexico City Itinerary

12 days in Cancun & Mexico City Itinerary

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12 days in Cancun & Mexico City Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  9​h 15​min
Cancun
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
San Francisco

5
days
Cancun

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.
Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling & Quinta Avenida) and Akumal Beach (in Akumal). Spend the 29th (Fri) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, steep yourself in history at El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey), make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip generator.

San Francisco, USA to Cancun is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cancun. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Cancun at 81°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Water Activities

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Akumal Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

6
days
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to San Juan Teotihuacan (Pyramid of the Sun & Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), get engrossed in the history at Templo Mayor Museum, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

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You can fly from Cancun to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and tram; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Mexico City. While traveling from Cancun, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

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San Juan Teotihuacan
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