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Mexico City — 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica and Museo de Arte Popular. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, explore the engaging exhibits at Memory and Tolerance Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Franz Mayer Museum (Museo Franz Mayer).

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New York City, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Mexico City. While traveling from New York City, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Merida.
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Merida — 3 nights

Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pre Hispanic Town Of Uxmal and Casa Museo Montes Molina. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia de Jesus and Cementario General. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, relax and rejuvenate at Maya Spa Merida, examine the collection at Museo Palacio de la Musica, and stop by B&G Atelier.

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Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Merida takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Merida is 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Merida: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 65°F at night. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel to Valladolid.
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Valladolid — 2 nights

Sultana of the East

One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Casa de los Venados and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo, then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, then explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, and finally delve into the distant past at Las Monjas.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Valladolid sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Merida to Valladolid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 75°F in Valladolid. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for Tulum.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Tulum — 2 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stop by Amore Latino Tulum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Tulum Bazaar, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Miniature, and finally view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, and then admire the masterpieces at Mystika Immersive.

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Getting from Valladolid to Tulum by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Valladolid in February; daily highs in Tulum reach 80°F and lows reach 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for Cancun.
Shopping · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors
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Cancun — 6 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Zona Arqueológica El Meco and Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. La Isla Shopping Village and Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Isla Mujeres (Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, Captain Dulche's Museum, &more) and Tequila Factory Cancun and Villas (in Puerto Morelos). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Xcacel Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Forum Beach Cancun, view the masterpieces at Galeria Balance Cancun, and stop by PLAZA PARTY.

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You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. February in Cancun sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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