How To Spend 14 Days In Mexico - 5 Itineraries

Welcome to the captivating world of Mexico, a country that boasts a rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and a vibrant spirit. If you're planning a 14-day adventure in this enchanting land, you're in for an unforgettable experience. In this guide, we'll present you with five unique 14-day in Mexico itineraries that will take you on a journey through diverse regions, revealing the hidden gems and iconic landmarks along the way.

Itinerary #1: The Gems of Yucatan - Self-Drive Trip

With this 14-day itinerary, you will discover the Peninsula de Yucatan with its many archaeological sites, colonial villages, and stunning beaches. Having your own car allows you the maximum freedom to explore, and the easy road access makes driving yourself a breeze.

Day one begins with picking up your rental car at Cancun airport and launching your adventure to Tulum.

Day two takes you to the Tulum Archaeological Site, a vital Riviera Maya landmark. Day three offers leisure time in Tulum, followed by a drive to Coba on day four, where Playa Paraiso's beach awaits.

Day five introduces Coba's own archaeological wonders. Day six leads you to Valladolid, a colonial gem with remarkable architecture. Day seven invites exploration of Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas, revealing tranquillity and natural beauty.

Day eight calls for a visit to the revered Chichen Itza, an ancient Maya capital. Day nine's journey to Izamal unveils the Ex Convent of San Antonio de Padua. Day ten connects you with Merida, a vibrant capital with cultural riches.

Day eleven offers a free day in Merida, followed by a self-drive tour of Uxmal's impressive Mayan structures on day twelve. Day thirteen explores Dzibichaltun's archaeological site, steeped in Mayan heritage.

Day fourteen marks your Yucatan departure, either to Merida or Cancun airport, concluding an enriching exploration of the region's historical and natural treasures.

Ready to realize your Mexican dream your way? Book this trip.

Tulum Playa del Carmen beach, Mexico © Shutterstock

Tulum Playa del Carmen beach, Mexico © Shutterstock

Chichen itza sunset, Mexico © Shutterstock

Mexico, Yucatan, Chichen Itza, Temple of Kukulcan @ Shutterstock

Itinerary overview

Check this overview of the 14-day Mexico itinerary.

Day 1

  • Self-drive from Cancun to Tulum.
  • Overnight in Tulum.

Day 2

  • Self-drive to Tulum Archaeological Site.
  • Overnight in Tulum. 

Day 3

  • Day at leisure in Tulum.
  • Overnight in Tulum. 

Day 4

  • Self-drive from Tulum to Coba.
  • Overnight in Coba. 

Day 5

  • Self-drive to Coba Archaeological Site.
  • Overnight in Coba. 

Day 6

  • Self-drive from Coba to Valladolid.
  • Overnight in Valladolid. 

Day 7

  • Self-drive to Rio Lagartos and Las Coloradas.
  • Overnight in Valladolid. 

Day 8

  • Self-drive to Chichen Itza.
  • Overnight in Chichen Itza. 

Day 9

  • Self-drive from Chichen Itza to Izamal.
  • Overnight in Izamal. 

Day 10

  • Self-drive from Izamal to Merida.
  • Overnight in Merida.

Day 11

  • Free day in Merida.
  • Overnight in Merida. 

Day 12

  • Self-drive Day Tour to Uxmal.
  • Overnight in Merida. 

Day 13

  • Self-drive Day Tour to Dzibichaltun's Archaeological Site.
  • Overnight in Merida. 

Day 14

  • Self-drive to the airport and departure.

Excited by the possibilities? Book this trip now.

A balloon vendor in front of the Catedral de San Ildefonso in Merida Mexico

Catedral de San Ildefonso in Merida Mexico @ Shutterstock

Itinerary #2: Mexico City, Oaxaca & the Yucatan

Embark on a 14-day trip to Central Mexico, starting from the bustling capital, Mexico City. The journey kicks off with a warm welcome and transfers to your downtown hotel. Day two features a full-day shared tour to the Basilica de Guadalupe and the Teotihuacan Pyramids, immersing you in both modern and ancient history.

Day three brings cultural delights at the Frida Kahlo Museum and the charming Xochimilco canals. Following this, a domestic flight takes you to Oaxaca on day four. Day five unfolds the UNESCO World Heritage City of Oaxaca, showcasing art, crafts, and historical wonders.

Monte Alban, the ancient Zapotec capital, awaits exploration on day six, while day seven offers petrified falls at Hierve El Agua and the significant ceremonial centre, Mitla.

On day eight, fly to Cancun, where days nine and ten allow you to relish the alluring Mexican beaches and leisurely pursuits. Day eleven ushers in a serene escape to Holbox Island, known for its tranquillity. This calm paradise continues to captivate on days twelve and thirteen.

Concluding on day fourteen, bid farewell to Holbox and Mexico. A shared golf cart ride takes you to the ferry dock, followed by a transfer to Cancun airport for your departure.

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Sunrise over rural mountain town in Oaxaca Mexico ©  OverlandTheAmericas/Shutterstock

Sunrise over rural mountain town in Oaxaca Mexico © OverlandTheAmericas/Shutterstock

Mexico, Mexico City, San Angel district, the domes of the Museo del Carmen

Mexico, Mexico City, the domes of the Museo del Carmen @ Shutterstock

Tropical beach setting on Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico © Shutterstock

Tropical beach setting on Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico © Shutterstock

Itinerary overview

Check this overview of the 14-day Mexico itinerary.

Day 1

  • Arrival in Mexico City.
  • Overnight in Mexico City.

Day 2

  • Basilica of Guadalupe and Teotihuacan Pyramids from Mexico City.
  • Overnight in Mexico City. 

Day 3

  • Day trip to Frida Kahlo Museum, Xochimilco and University City.
  • Overnight in Mexico City. 

Day 4

  • From Mexico City to Oaxaca.
  • Overnight in Oaxaca.

Day 5

  • Oaxaca City Tour.
  • Overnight in Oaxaca. 

Day 6

  • Day trip to Monte Alban.
  • Overnight in Valladolid. 

Day 7

  • Day Tour to Hierve el Agua, Tule Tree and Mitla.
  • Overnight in Oaxaca. 

Day 8

  • From Oaxaca to Cancun.
  • Overnight in Cancun. 

Day 9

  • Cancun Free Day.
  • Overnight in Cancun. 

Day 10

  • Beaches in Cancun - Free Day.
  • Overnight in Cancun.

Day 11

  • Cancun to Holbox Island by boat.
  • Overnight in Holbox. 

Day 12

  • Holbox Island Day at Leisure.
  • Overnight in Holbox. 

Day 13

  • Holbox Island Day at Leisure.
  • Overnight in Holbox. 

Day 14

  • From Holbox to Cancun Airport.

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Teotihuacan, Mexico, Sun Temple @ Shutterstock

Itinerary #3: Mexico City and the Yucatan - from the city to the beaches

Join us on a captivating 14-day Mexican trip, starting in Mexico City and culminating in Cancun. Arrive in Mexico City and settle into your downtown hotel on day one. Dive into the city's history on a guided UNESCO-listed historical centre tour on day two.

Day three brings a shared full-day tour of the Basilica de Guadalupe and Teotihuacan Pyramids, immersing you in their mystique. Transitioning on day four, transfer to Merida, where day five unveils Uxmal's history, Yaxcopoil hacienda, and a refreshing cenote exploration.

Discover the enchanting Pink Lake and Rio Lagartos' splendour on day six and explore Chichen Itza's grandeur on day seven before relaxing in Playa del Carmen. Day eight takes you to Xel-Há Park and Tulum's archaeological wonder, while day nine offers Playa del Carmen's Xcaret Park.

Day ten's unique Xenses park challenges perceptions. Days eleven and twelve are for leisure in Playa del Carmen. Day thirteen sees you transfer to Cancun, where you'll enjoy your final leisure moments.

Bid Mexico farewell on day fourteen as you embark on your international flight (or continue your trip).

Sounds like a trip for you? Check availability and book this trip.

San Idefonso Cathedral in Merida, Mexico © Shutterstock

San Ildefonso Cathedral, Merida, Mexico @ Shutterstock

Xochimilco, Mexico © Shutterstock

Xochimilco, Mexico @ Shutterstock

Itinerary overview

Check this overview of the 14-day Mexico itinerary.

Day 1

  • Arrival in Mexico City.
  • Overnight in Mexico City.

Day 2

  • Mexico City Tour.
  • Overnight in Mexico City. 

Day 3

  • Basilica de Guadalupe and Teotihuacan Pyramids.
  • Overnight in Mexico City. 

Day 4

  • From Mexico City to Merida.
  • Overnight in Merida.

Day 5

  • Day Tour to Uxmal, Yaxcopoil and a cenote.
  • Overnight in Merida. 

Day 6

  • Day Tour to Lago Lagartos and Las Colorados.
  • Overnight in Merida. 

Day 7

  • Merida to Playa del Carmen via Chichen Itza.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 8

  • Day tour to Xel-Ha Park and Tulum Archaeological Site.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 9

  • Day Tour to Xcaret Park.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 10

  • Day Tour to Xensen Park.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen.

Day 11

  • Day at Leisure at Playa del Carmen.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 12

  • Day at Leisure at Playa del Carmen.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 13

  • From Playa del Carmen to Cancun.
  • Overnight in Cancun. 

Day 14

  • Transfer to Cancun Airport.

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Beach on Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mexico © Shutterstock

Beach on Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mexico © Shutterstock

Itinerary #4: From Mexico City over Chiapas to Cancun: The Best of Mexico

Join us on a 14-day odyssey that perfectly encapsulates Mexico's diverse beauty and history. This journey is designed to give you an unparalleled experience, blending the cultural richness of Mexico City, the natural wonders of Chiapas, and the coastal allure of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Your expedition kicks off in Mexico City, a dynamic metropolis teeming with museums and ancient pyramids. Ease into the adventure with a guided exploration of the UNESCO-listed historic centre. Immerse yourself in Frida Kahlo's world at Casa Azul and navigate Xochimilco's enchanting floating gardens.

On day four, your path takes you to Chiapas, where the rugged Sumidero Canyon and its wildlife await your discovery. Dive deep into local cultures on shared tours of indigenous communities and unveil El Chiflon's cascading waterfalls.

Days seven through nine unveil ancient wonders like Agua Azul Falls, Yaxchilan, and Palenque Archaeological Site, each a testament to Mexico's rich heritage.

Transitioning to the Yucatan, marvel at Celestún's coastal splendours, visit Chichen Itza, and unwind on Playa del Carmen's shores.

Eager to seize Mexico's allure? Let's craft it together.

Day of the Dead altar is seen in Zocalo square, downtown Mexico City, Mexico © Shutterstock

Zocalo Square, downtown Mexico City, Mexico © Shutterstock

Cathedral San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas - Mexico @ Shutterstock

Cathedral San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas - Mexico @ Shutterstock

Itinerary overview

Check this overview of the 14-day Mexico itinerary.

Day 1

  • Arrival in Mexico City.
  • Overnight in Mexico City.

Day 2

  • Mexico City Tour.
  • Overnight in Mexico City. 

Day 3

  • Xochimilco and Frida Kahlo Museum Day Tour from Mexico City.
  • Overnight in Mexico City. 

Day 4

  • From Mexico City to San Cristobal with Sumidero Canyon.
  • Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Day 5

  • Indian Communities San Juan Chamula and Zincantan Tour.
  • Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas. 

Day 6

  • Day Tour to Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Waterfall.
  • Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas. 

Day 7

  • San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque visiting Agua Azul and Misol Ha.
  • Overnight in Palenque. 

Day 8

  • Day Tour to Bonampak and Yaxchilan Archaeological Site.
  • Overnight in Palenque. 

Day 9

  • From Palenque to Merida.
  • Overnight in Merida. 

Day 10

  • Day Tour to Celestun.
  • Overnight Merida.

Day 11

  • Merida to Playa del Carmen with a visit to Chichen Itza.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 12

  • Day at Leisure at Playa del Carmen.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 13

  • Day at Leisure at Playa del Carmen.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 14

  • Transfer to Cancun Airport.

Feeling curious? Take a step forward and book this trip now.

Bonampak is an ancient Maya's city. Chiapas. Mexico © AntonBkrd/Shutterstock

Bonampak is an ancient Maya city. Chiapas. Mexico © AntonBkrd/Shutterstock

Itinerary #5: Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatan: Explore the Eastern Highlights

Explore the eastern highlights on this 14-day trip, merging adventure and relaxation. Begin day one at Tuxtla Airport, escorted to your San Cristobal de las Casas hotel. Day one takes you through Sumidero Canyon on a shared motorboat cruise, witnessing stunning cliffs and wildlife. How does this natural wonder captivate you?

Day two connects you with indigenous communities, delving into their traditions and lifestyle. How does engaging with local cultures enrich your experience?

Explore Agua Azul Falls, Misol Ha pools, and Palenque Archaeological Site on day three. Day four leads to La Venta Park's archaeological wonders, then a domestic flight to Merida.

Day five's captivating walking tour unveils Merida's allure, surrounded by haciendas and ancient Mayan sites. Day six uncovers the secrets of Kabah and Uxmal archaeological sites. What echoes of ancient Mayan civilization intrigue you?

Days eight to thirteen offer freedom in Cozumel, beach relaxation, and Playa del Carmen's vibrant atmosphere.

Day fourteen bids farewell to the mesmerizing Mayan Riviera. Reflect on your unforgettable Mexican adventure.

Ready to shape your own journey? Let's make your Mexican dream come true.

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Mayan Riviera, Mexico @ Shutterstock

Cozumel island El Mirador beach in Riviera Maya of Mexico © Shutterstock

Cozumel Island El Mirador beach in Riviera Maya of Mexico © Shutterstock

Itinerary overview

Check this overview of the 14-day Mexico itinerary.

Day 1

  • From Tuxtla Airport to San Cristobal with the Boat Tour of Sumidero Canyon.
  • Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Day 2

  • Indian Communities San Juan Chamula and Zincantan Tour.
  • Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas. 

Day 3

  • Transfer to Palenque and Day Tour to Agua Azul and Misol Ha.
  • Overnight in Palenque. 

Day 4

  • From Palenque to Merida via Villahermosa
  • Overnight in Merida.

Day 5

  • Merida City Tour.
  • Overnight in Merida. 

Day 6

  • Day Tour to Uxmal Ruta Puuc including lunch.
  • Overnight in Merida. 

Day 7

  • Merida to Cozumel via Chichen Itza.
  • Overnight in Cozumel. 

Day 8

  • Free Day in Cozumel.
  • Overnight in Cozumel. 

Day 9

  • Free Day in Cozumel.
  • Overnight in Cozumel. 

Day 10

  • Cozumel to Playa del Carmen.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 11

  • Free Day in Playa del Carmen.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 12

  • Free Day in Playa del Carmen.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 13

  • Free Day in Playa del Carmen.
  • Overnight in Playa del Carmen. 

Day 14

  • Transfer to Cancun Airport.

Ready to embark on an adventure? Book your trip now.

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Cozumel Island, Mexico @ Shutterstock

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updated 06.06.2024

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