19 days in Mexico Itinerary

19 days in Mexico Itinerary

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19 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Austin
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 15 min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 11 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Campeche
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Villahermosa
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h
4
Cordoba
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
6
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Austin

11
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palancar Reef and Grand Cenote. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Ruins of Tulum, Sac Actun, & more), Tortugranja (Turtle Farm) (in Isla Mujeres) and Cozumel (Discover Mexico Park Cozumel & Santa Rosa Wall). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Yal-ku Lagoon, Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen day trip planning tool .

Austin, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Playa del Carmen is 1 hour. Traveling from Austin in December, you will find days in Playa del Carmen are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are much warmer (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cozumel, Tulum, Tortugranja, Yal-ku Lagoon
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Cenotes Sac Actun ©
Cenotes Sac Actun

1
night
Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
On the 1st (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Ciudad Amurallada, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Campeche Waterfront Promenade, and then make a trip to Vive La Leyenda.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Campeche day trip planning website .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Campeche in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. While traveling from Playa del Carmen, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Campeche, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Villahermosa.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites
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Campeche Waterfront Promenade ©
Campeche Waterfront Promenade

1
night
Villahermosa

Villahermosa ©
Villahermosa is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Tabasco, and the municipal seat of the Centro municipality. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Senor de Tabasco and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque La Choca.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Villahermosa itinerary planner .

Drive from Campeche to Villahermosa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Campeche, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Villahermosa, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Villahermosa

Parks Historic Sites
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Parque La Choca ©
Parque La Choca
Catedral del Senor de Tabasco ©
Catedral del Senor de Tabasco

1
night
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
Córdoba, officially known as Heroica Córdoba, is a city and the seat of the municipality of the same name in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Hacienda San Francisco Toxpan, see the interesting displays at Museo del Cafe, then admire the striking features of Palacio Municipal de Cordoba, and finally go for a walk through Parque 21 de mayo.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cordoba road trip app .

Drive from Villahermosa to Cordoba in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums
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Palacio Municipal de Cordoba ©
Palacio Municipal de Cordoba
Hacienda San Francisco Toxpan ©
Hacienda San Francisco Toxpan
Parque 21 de mayo ©
Parque 21 de mayo

1
night
San Juan Teotihuacan

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Ex Convent of Acolman, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, and then look for gifts at Comercializadora Artesanal Teotihuacan. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo De Los Murales Teotihuacanos - Beatriz de La Fuente and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Juan Teotihuacan trip builder .

You can drive from Cordoba to San Juan Teotihuacan in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Ex Convent of Acolman
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Ex Convent of Acolman ©
Ex Convent of Acolman
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Mexico City

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stop by Fonart. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mexico City trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Mexico City are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Tours Museums Parks
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Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

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