25 days in North America Itinerary

25 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Bus
2
Chichen Itza
Bus
3
Merida
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Villahermosa
— 1 night
Drive
5
Palenque
— 2 nights
Shuttle
6
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Tuxtla Gutierrez
— 1 night
Fly
8
Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly
9
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly
10
Cancun
— 4 nights
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Playa del Carmen

— 4 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Tulum Tower, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). Spend the 19th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, play a few rounds at Playacar Golf Club, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. In December, Playa del Carmen is much warmer than Bucharest - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Chichen Itza

Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chichen Itza. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chichen Itza trip planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Chichen Itza. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Merida.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Merida

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Uxmal. On the 22nd (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Merida trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Merida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Merida. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Villahermosa.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Villahermosa

— 1 night
Villahermosa is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Tabasco, and the municipal seat of the Centro municipality. To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Villahermosa trip planner.

Drive from Merida to Villahermosa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Merida to Villahermosa. Traveling from Merida in December, you will find days in Villahermosa are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). You will leave for Palenque on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Villahermosa

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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 25th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque, then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios, then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha, and then admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Palenque trip maker app.

You can drive from Villahermosa to Palenque in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

San Cristobal de las Casas

— 2 nights
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. San Cristobal de las Casas is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo del Carmen, examine the collection at Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya, walk around El Arcotete Parque Ecoturístico, and stop by Bazarte - Vistiendo Arte Con História.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Cristobal de las Casas travel planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Tuxtla Gutierrez

— 1 night
Tuxtla Gutiérrez is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican southeast state of Chiapas. For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tuxtla Gutierrez trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Cristobal de las Casas to Tuxtla Gutierrez takes an hour. In December in Tuxtla Gutierrez, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Tuxtla Gutierrez

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Mexico City

— 5 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 to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Mexico City. Traveling from Tuxtla Gutierrez in December, things will get slightly colder in Mexico City: highs are around 26°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

Oaxaca

— 2 nights
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
On the 4th (Tue), get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Zocalo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Mexico City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Cancun

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to Av Kukulkan, and see the interesting displays at Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Cancun takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oaxaca to Cancun. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, Cancun is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10: