9 days in Mexico Itinerary

9 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip planner

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Fly
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Cozumel
— 1 night
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
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Cozumel

— 1 night
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 1st (Sun): explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up some new knowledge with Discover Mexico Park Cozumel and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Denver, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Denver to Cozumel. Traveling from Denver in May, expect nights in Cozumel to be warmer, around 71°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Classes

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil and then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chichen Itza planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Chichen Itza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cozumel in May; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 94°F and lows reach 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Tulum

— 3 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Rio Secreto & Xcaret). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip website.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in May: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 85°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Tulum to Mexico City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tulum in May, expect Mexico City to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.