15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Drive to Leeds Bradford Airport, Fly to Cancun
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Cancun
— 1 night
Fly
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Bus to Mérida Noreste, Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly to Newcastle, Train to York

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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.
On the 1st (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Delfines and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

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York, UK to Cancun is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from York to Cancun is minus 5 hours. When traveling from York in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cancun, with highs around 37°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches · Parks
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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.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Santa Rosa Wall, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Cozumel Pearl Farm and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

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Getting from Cancun to Cozumel by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Tulum, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil and then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

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Drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulum in August; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 39°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Palenque

— 2 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then stroll through Aluxes Palenque. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Palenque in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

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You can fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Mexico travel guide

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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.