12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

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12 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Mexico City
— 1 night
+3
Fly + taxi + ferry + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Cancun
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
5
Matamoros
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Bustamante
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Boston

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
To see ratings and tourist information, use the Mexico City online road trip planner .

Boston, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Historic Center (Centro Historico) ©
Zocalo ©
Zocalo

2
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Do your shopping at La Llorona and MexicArte. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 30th (Sun) at Xel-Ha. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Paraiso, delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tulum itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, ferry, and bus from Mexico City to Tulum takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Tulum due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in September, expect Tulum to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): delve into the distant past at El Castillo and then don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in October, Chichen Itza is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

1
night
Cancun

Cancun ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): shop like a local with Kukulcan Plaza and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

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Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Cancun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Cancun, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Shopping

Side Trip

Kukulcan Plaza
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La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Kukulcan Plaza ©
Kukulcan Plaza

1
night
Matamoros

Matamoros ©
Matamoros, officially known as Heroica Matamoros, is a city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Casamata Museum and then kick back and relax at Playa costa Azul.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matamoros visit planning site .

Explore your travel options from Cancun to Matamoros with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Matamoros. In October in Matamoros, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. On the 6th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Matamoros

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa costa Azul ©
Playa costa Azul
Casamata Museum ©
Casamata Museum

2
nights
Bustamante

Bustamante ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas de Bustamante, then head outdoors with Canon de Bustamante, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria Viva, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Miguel de Arcangel church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bustamante trip maker .

Traveling by car from Matamoros to Bustamante takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Matamoros to Bustamante due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Bustamante

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Canon de Bustamante ©
Canon de Bustamante
Grutas de Bustamante ©
Grutas de Bustamante
San Miguel de Arcangel church ©
San Miguel de Arcangel church

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