44 days in Mexico, Tokyo & Seoul Itinerary

44 days in Mexico, Tokyo & Seoul Itinerary

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1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 7 nights
2
Puebla, Mexico
— 3 nights
3
Palenque, Mexico
— 3 nights
4
Calakmul, Mexico
— 2 nights
5
Chetumal, Mexico
— 3 nights
6
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
7
Valladolid, Mexico
— 3 nights
8
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
10
Seoul, South Korea
— 7 nights

7
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mexico City: San Juan Teotihuacan (Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 & Teotihuacan Pyramids). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mexico City trip planner.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Mexico City is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

San Juan Teotihuacan
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

3
nights
Puebla, Mexico

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Puebla is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Africam Safari, see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), and wander the streets of Zocalo.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Puebla trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Mexico City to Puebla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. May in Puebla sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario)
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Biblioteca Palafoxiana ©
Biblioteca Palafoxiana

3
nights
Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, and stroll through Aluxes.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Palenque trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puebla to Palenque takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha

2
nights
Calakmul, Mexico

Calakmul ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Calakmul. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Urdido de Hamacas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Calakmul trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palenque to Calakmul in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chetumal.

Things to do in Calakmul

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calakmul
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:
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Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul ©
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul
Calakmul ©
Calakmul

3
nights
Chetumal, Mexico

Chetumal ©
Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Venture out of the city with trips to Bacalar (Lake Bacalar & Cenote de la Bruja) and Maya Chan Beach (in Mahahual). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Kohunlich and see the interesting displays at Museum de la cultura maya.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chetumal trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Calakmul to Chetumal in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Chetumal

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bacalar, Maya Chan Beach
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Kohunlich
Kohunlich

3
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Go for a jaunt from Tulum to Playa del Carmen to see Xcaret about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun, and stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park.

Start your trip to Tulum by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Chetumal to Tulum by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Chetumal in June: highs in Tulum hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Xcaret
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Gran Cenote ©
Gran Cenote

3
nights
Valladolid, Mexico

Valladolid ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Casa de los Venados, then delve into the distant past at Ek Balam, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Servasio. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Palacio Municipal, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Xkopek Parque Apicola, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Valladolid vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Valladolid takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in June, expect Valladolid to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Ek Balam
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:
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Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados

2
nights
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 15th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, and then explore the ancient world of La Iglesia. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Balankanche Cave, Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, and finally explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Chichen Itza takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

7
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Tokyo takes 24 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chichen Itza to Tokyo is 14 hours. Traveling from Chichen Itza in June, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 26:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

7
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Seoul attractions planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Seoul by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 3:
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Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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