10 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
— 4 nights


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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Zocalo. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor.

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Philadelphia, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cozumel.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Palancar Cozumel Beach Club. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then play a few rounds at Cozumel Country Club.

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Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cozumel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Cozumel to be much hotter, around 68°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Tulum.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Paradise Beach and Shark Diving. Tulum Archaeological Site and Balam Art On Feathers are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Zipline in Playa del Carmen (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by La Llorona, make a trip to Tulum Tower, and contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote.

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You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Side Trip
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Mexico travel guide

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.