Covering this beautiful country in multiple trips. We begin with focus on the two most popular tourist destinations. Don’t forget to check out the essential Mexico trip recommendations, travel guides and things to know before you go here.
1. Mexico City – 5 Day Itinerary
Nestled between volcanoes and active plate boundaries, built upon thousand years’ worth of ancient civilizations, and buried under the perils of every modern metro city, CDMX hosts millions of tourists every year. A complex combination of vibrant art, fascinating history, and privileges of a metropolitan, one can only hope to catch a glimpse of the things that the city has to offer in a short week stay here. To make sure the reader can maximize their stay, here is our effort to provide as much information as possible.
|Duration 5 days | Rental Car | Base in CDMX|
|CDMX||Day 1 – Chapultepec Park, Musee de la Antropologi|
|Teotihuacan||Day 2 – Travel to Chichen Itza Pyramids and Cenotes|
|Puebla||Day 3 – Frida Kahlo Museum, Puebla|
|CDMX City Tour||Day 4 – Explore Mexico City Attractions|
|Home||Day 5 – Return Home|
2. Quintana Roo – 7 Day Itinerary
Home to picturesque beaches, historical landmarks, UNESCO heritage sites, and plenty of opportunities to taste authentic Mexican Food.
|Duration 7 days | Rental Car | Base in Cancun|
|Cancun||Day 1 – Arrive at CUN, relax in Cancun|
|Chichen Itza||Day 2 – Travel to Chichen Itza Pyramids and Cenotes|
|Cozumel / Playa Del Carmen||Day 3 – Day trip to Cozumel via Playa del Carmen|
|Explore Cancun||Day 4 – Explore Cancun (downtown, nightlife, ruins)|
|Isla Mujeres||Day 5 – Day trip to Isla Mujeres|
|Tulum||Day 6 – Day trip to Tulum and Coba via Puerto Morelos|
|Home||Day 7 – Return Home|
Essential Mexico Tips and Guides
–Getting Around: We always prefer to rent cars because of the flexibility and impulsive journeys we frequently partake. Driving in Mexico though has its drawbacks. Rental cars are cheap, but always try to stick to well known American brands like Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, etc. Always buy the liability insurance unless your credit card covers loss and damage protection. Try carrying a GPS device from the US with Mexico maps, as using your phone data will be expensive and unreliable. And, beware of the police as there is a ton of corruption and rental cars are easy prey since the license plates are marked in red making it easy to spot. Never leave anything visible in the car.
– Driving: Driving in Mexico, especially in the cities can be difficult for a tourist, but if you have driven in any third world country, navigating here won’t be that cumbersome. Just need to remember a rule – do not expect anyone else to follow rules. 🙂 Also, in Mexico City, the police cars always seemed to have the blinking lights ON, so do not be alarmed if a cop car flashes light behind you. Keep driving following the rules you know. If they have to stop you, they will speak out in the loudspeakers.
– Costs: Last but not the least, expenses in your trip to Mexico in American standards will be pretty low. Plus with the strong USD, the total costs in your trip are likely going to be much lower than a domestic trip. Food is cheap, and in most places you will find decent local options. We love trying out local restaurants and bars everywhere we go, and have had a ton of fun finding local joints, street food, even food from roadside huts in Mexico. Yelp and Tripadvisor works well in most parts of the country making it easy to find options. In general, on a 5 day trip, average cost per day with travel, tickets to attractions, food, and sundry should not exceed $50 per person.