Travelers to Mexico typically plan a trip for 9 to 12 days when combining Mexico City with the Yucatán Peninsula. If you're not interested in the Yucatán Peninsula, five to seven days are enough for your Mexico City trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as four days. Check the below favored Mexico City trips.

How many days do you need in Mexico City?

  • Most travelers spend 5-7 days in Mexico City
  • Visiting Mexico City in 4 days is possible, but it will feel rushed
  • With 8 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Yucatán Peninsula, Puebla, and Tulum

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Recommended Itineraries for Mexico City

Recommended Itinerary for 6 Days

Visit famous landmarks in Mexico City
Visit famous landmarks in Mexico City
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Mexico City, Optional Activities Mexico City
Day 2 City Walking Tour, Folk Dance Performance Mexico City
Day 3 Teotihuacán Balloon Ride, National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City
Day 4 Frida Kahlo Museum & Leon Trotsky House, Visit Xochimilco Mexico City
Day 5 Barragán House, Chapultepec Castle & Taco Tour Mexico City
Day 6 Depart Mexico City  

In less than a week, you'll tour the highlight landmarks of Mexico's dynamic capital city, plus dive deep into its history and culture. This includes food tours, stops at historic sites like Frida Kahlo's house, mariachi performances, and much more. As a bonus, you'll hop in the basket of a hot-air balloon and soar high over the pyramids at Teotihuacán, one of the most incredible ancient cities in Mexico. Read more

Extended Itineraries

1-Week Itinerary Including Puebla & Oaxaca

Street tacos in Mexico City
Street tacos in Mexico City
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Mexico City Mexico City
Day 2 Teotihuacán Archaeological Site & Basilica of Guadalupe Mexico City
Day 3 Transfer to Puebla, Gastronomic Walking Tour Puebla
Day 4 Transfer to Oaxaca, Explore Oaxaca
Day 5 Tule Tree, Hierve el Agua & Teotitlán del Valle Oaxaca
Day 6 Oaxaca Valley Cooking Class, Return to Mexico City Mexico City
Day 7 Depart Mexico City  

On this food-focused tour, you'll discover authentic Mexican cuisine at marketplaces, family-run restaurants, street food stands, and Indigenous farms. The itinerary isn't only about food, though: the schedule features visits to archaeological sites and other places of interest, including the pyramids of Teotihuacán and the colonial city of Puebla. Read more

1-Week Itinerary Including Puebla

Learn the art of the perfect tortilla
Learn the art of the perfect tortilla
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Mexico City Mexico City
Day 2 Tour the Mercado de San Juan & Explore the Historic Center Mexico City
Day 3 Discover the Canals & Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, Get to Know Coyoacán Mexico City
Day 4 See the Pyramids of Teotihuacán, Transfer to Puebla Puebla
Day 5 Tortilla-Making in Cholula Puebla
Day 6 Learn to Make Mole Poblano in Puebla Puebla
Day 7 Transfer to Mexico City, Depart  

This food-focused itinerary takes you to central Mexico for a week of vibrant flavors and rich culinary traditions. Start in the capital to snack on scorpions and street food in the Mercado de San Juan and marvel at Aztec farming techniques in the floating gardens of Xochimilco. After some sightseeing at the pyramids of Teotihuacán, it's on to Puebla, where you'll learn to make tortillas and mole poblano like a local. Read more

15-Day Itinerary Including Yucatán Peninsula

Mexico, Maya Riviera turtle
A Maya Riviera turtle
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Mexico City Mexico City
Day 2 Lucha Libre Experience & Mezcal Tasting Mexico City
Day 3 Float on the Canals of Xochimilco, Explore Coyoacán Mexico City
Day 4 Mexico City Downtown & Muralism Tour, Tacos, Mezcal & More Mexico City
Day 5 Bike in the "City of the Gods" at Teotihuacán Mexico City
Day 6 Transfer to Valladolid  Valladolid
Day 7 Visit Chichén Itzá, Maya Jungle, Culture, Cenotes & Lunch in Yalcobá Valladolid
Day 8 Cobá & the Sacred Maya Roads, Punta Laguna Wildlife Tour Valladolid
Day 9 Transfer to Puerto Morelos & the Maya Riviera Puerto Morelos
Day 10 Snorkeling in Puerto Morelos Marine Park Puerto Morelos
Day 11 Transfer to Holbox Island Holbox
Day 12 Evening Kayak Tour & Observe Bioluminescence  Holbox
Day 13 Go Fishing & Swimming off Holbox Island Holbox
Day 14 Snorkel with Whale Sharks Holbox
Day 15 Transfer to Cancún, Depart   

From tacos and mezcal shots in Mexico City to lazing on the beaches of Holbox Island, this tour offers it all in just over two weeks. Start in Mexico's capital, where you'll learn the city's history while floating on the canals of Xochimilco. Head to Valladolid and discover the Maya ruins of Chichen Itza and Yalcoba, then venture along the Maya Riviera and snorkel in Puerto Morelos. Finish it all up by relaxing on the beaches of Holbox with some bird and whale shark watching thrown in. Read more


Map of Mexico City: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Mexico City: Best Itinerary Ideas