Mexico 5-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 29 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Mexico.

Capture the sense of all that Mexico has to offer with these 5-day itineraries. If you're interested in Maya history, consider a journey like this Maya culture and history trip in Tulum, where you'll visit archaeological sites, swim in turquoise cenotes, and spot endemic wildlife. If you'd prefer a more leisurely vacation, opt for an itinerary like this Yucatán Peninsula getaway, which gives you the chance to enjoy pristine beaches, explore vibrant water-filled caves, and discover abundant local wildlife. If tasting local wines while taking in sweeping views of the Guadalupe Valley in Baja, California sounds ideal, consider something similar to this Mexico Wine Country getaway

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 5-day trips in Mexico.

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Enjoy Cancun's paperwhite coastline and stunning turquoise waters
Map of Relaxed Vacation on the Yucatán Peninsula - 5 Days
Relaxed Vacation on the Yucatán Peninsula - 5 Days

On this short but satisfying itinerary to the Yucatan Peninsula, you'll sunbathe and swim on the white sandy beaches of the Riviera Maya, spot wildlife in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, and explore the water-filled natural cave formations of Rio Secreto. Plus, as you'll be staying all four nights in Playa del Carmen, you can enjoy your surroundings more relaxedly.

Sumidero Canyon overview
Highlights of Chiapas - 5 Days

On this quick tour of Chiapas, you'll explore the region around San Cristóbal de las Casas: highlights include striking natural landscapes, indigenous communities, the imposing Sumidero Canyon, azure-colored waterfalls, and the many lakes of Montebello Lakes National Park. You'll also roam vibrant markets, try traditional food, and visit historic colonial town centers.

"Trajineras" on the canals of Xochimilco
Colors of Mexico City - 5 days

On this itinerary, you'll dive into Mexico City and explore everything from the city's historic center to the canals of Xochimilco. Travel back in time to learn about the history of pre-Hispanic people at the Museum of Anthropology, discover the mysterious temples of Teotihuacán, and get inspired in the bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacán, where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera used to live.

Chichen Itza
The Archaeological Maya Journey - 5 Days

Take a step back in time to explore ancient Maya cities shrouded in mystery—some of which were inhabited since around 1800 BCE—on this five-day adventure. You'll visit Chichén Itzá, one of the New Wonders of the World, as well as Izamal and Mérida, which will offer insight into the transition from ancient Maya civilization to contemporary Maya ways of life.

Sunset over Puerto Vallarta
Peaceful Puerto Vallarta - 5 Days

Puerto Vallarta inspires travelers with its natural beauty and colorful cultural history. See the best of both on this five-day itinerary that features outdoor activities—swimming, boating, kayaking in crystal-clear waters, snorkeling through caves—and indigenous artistry, from dance to music to acrobatics, at a spectacular live show.

Grapes in local vineyard
Map of Mexico Wine Country Getaway - 5 Days
Mexico Wine Country Getaway - 5 Days

Looking for a new area on the West Coast for a wine weekend? Discover the up-and-coming wine region of Baja California in Guadalupe Valley. This area has begun to produce wine in the last couple of decades, capitalizing on its unique microclimate, and is now appearing on the radar of many wine lovers looking for a compelling new experience. Grab your passport, escape the city, taste an array of excellent local wines, and enjoy the incredible scenery of the Guadalupe Valley.

Playa Zicatela in Puerto Escondido
Map of Mexico's Nature & Wildlife in  Puerto Escondido - 5 Days
Mexico's Nature & Wildlife in Puerto Escondido - 5 Days

This five-day itinerary takes you on an in-depth adventure through Puerto Escondido's incredible landscapes and wildlife. Enjoy a bioluminescence experience at Playa Puerto Suelo, go on a boat safari through Chacahua Lagoons National Park, and learn how to surf in the famous breaks. From kayaking and whale watching to witnessing a turtle release at sunset, you'll soak up the beautiful nature of Oaxaca's "Emerald Coast."

Agua Azul Waterfalls
Mexico Rainforest Exploration & Indigenous Culture: Palenque & Nahá - 5 Days

Explore the best of Central Mexico's Indigenous cultures and rainforests on this whirlwind five-day trip. You'll land in Palenque, then make your way to Villahermosa by way of Naha. Your expert driver will deliver you to all your planned stops: visits to ancient Maya ruins, oasis-like waterfalls, and traditional handicraft lessons.

Chemuyil Cenotes
Mayan Culture & History in Tulum - 5 Days

If you want to get away to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, but don't want to sacrifice on adventure, this five-day getaway trip is for you. You'll base yourself in Tulum for daily activities: visiting ancient Mayan archeological sites, swimming in cenotes, wildlife viewing, and of course: eating all of Mexico's best food.

Local Dishes
Experience Chiapas' Gastronomy & Nature in Mexico: San Cristobal de las Casas & Tziscao - 5 Days

If you want a getaway to Mexico but are short on time, look no further than this foodie & adventure-packed itinerary. You'll spend the trip based in San Cristobal de las Casas, where you'll explore the towering walls of Sumidero Canyon, learn to cook regional fare and wander the colorful streets. Spice things up with a one-day trip to Tziscao to take a boat trip on a log raft and visit a coffee plantation.

Walk around Ek' Balam followed by swimming in a cenote
Map of Jungle & Culture Tour in Mexico's Maya Land - 5 Days
Jungle & Culture Tour in Mexico's Maya Land - 5 Days

This five-day getaway to Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula combines Spanish-colonial landmarks, Maya culture, and outdoor activities. Start by visiting colonial churches in Valladolid before cycling around the ancient ruins at Cobá and touring local Maya villages and cenotes. As a bonus, you'll explore not one but two unspoiled nature reserves— Sian Ka'an and Punta Laguna—for swimming and hiking.

Spend a morning at the famous pyramid at Chichén Itzá
Map of Maya Culture Tour in Mexico's Yucatán - 5 Days
Maya Culture Tour in Mexico's Yucatán - 5 Days

In just five days, you'll reach the heart of Maya Indigenous culture in Mexico's famous Yucatán Peninsula. Your base will be Mérida, the region's capital, where you'll walk amid colonial history and sample delicious street food with ancient roots. Then you're off to tour maíz fields, swim in cenotes (limestone sinkholes), and explore the awe-inspiring pyramid of Chichén Itzá. Finish the adventure with a day trip to a biosphere reserve known for flamingoes.

Visit the ancient Maya site of Uxmal and a nearby chocolate museum
Map of Maya Culture Tour in Mexico's Valladolid & Mérida - 5 Days
Maya Culture Tour in Mexico's Valladolid & Mérida - 5 Days

Pack a wealth of Maya culture and history into just five days on this whirlwind tour of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Create lasting memories as you tour the cobbled streets of Valladolid and Mérida, hike the ruins at Ek' Balam, and marvel at the Chichén Itzá pyramid, which dates back over 1,500 years. Other highlights include swimming in cenotes and taking an immersive chocolate tour in Uxmal.

See Mexico City's origins, from Aztec ruins to Colonial palaces, in its vibrant Centro Histórico
Map of Ultimate Mexico City Luxury - 5 Days
Ultimate Mexico City Luxury - 5 Days

This five-day luxury Mexico City escape has been meticulously curated for first-time visitors. When you're not on exclusive and private tours, taking you from the floating gardens at Xochimilco to the mysterious wonders of Teotihuacán, you'll enjoy 5-star luxury at a chic design hotel. Taste your way across the city's taco stalls and favorite food market, admire the timeless beauty of Frida Kahlo's iconic Casa Azul, and tour the ancient ruins and Baroque palaces of the Centro Histórico.

Visit the ruins at Ek' Balam on your last full day
Map of Mexico's Yucatán in a Nutshell Tour - 5 Days
Mexico's Yucatán in a Nutshell Tour - 5 Days

Go beyond Cancún and explore the lesser-visited highlights of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula on this quick five-day escape. It begins in Puerto Morelos, whose unspoiled reef is part of a marine reserve you'll explore during a snorkeling trip. Then visit the ruins of El Castillo—situated above a beach in beautiful Tulum—before finishing with a tour of the even grander Ek' Balam archaeological site.

A local vendor and her handmade textiles on the streets of Oaxaca
Map of Discover Oaxaca's Art & Culture - 5 Days
Discover Oaxaca's Art & Culture - 5 Days

Oaxaca's folk art and craftsmanship take center stage on this five-day tour of the southern Mexican state. Mingle with the locals at a mezcal distillery, then learn the secrets of traditional medicine in the bustling Central de Abastos market. Visit the weaving workshops of Teotitlán del Valle, paint your own alebrijes, and create woodcut prints with local artisans. Alongside all the creativity, you'll also explore the history and nature of the region with scenic hikes and visits to ancient Mesoamerican sites.

Bright pink building with blue shutters in colorful Oaxaca City
Map of Explore Oaxaca's Local Tastes, Textures & Traditions - 5 Days
Explore Oaxaca's Local Tastes, Textures & Traditions - 5 Days

Ignite your senses with this exhilarating five-day tour that immerses you in the vibrant culture of Oaxaca. Begin by savoring local flavors at Mercado de la Merced, then master the art of Oaxacan cooking in a workshop led by community chefs. Head to the Oaxaca Valley, where you'll marvel at the vistas from Monte Albán's historic archaeological zone, before visiting the cherished artisan workshops which produce the colorful and ornate handicrafts that define Oaxaca—and even painting your own!

An unspoiled beach in Huatulco
Map of Mexico Land & Sea Adventure: Bays & Beaches of Huatulco - 5 Days
Mexico Land & Sea Adventure: Bays & Beaches of Huatulco - 5 Days

Need a quick but exciting getaway? On this five-day adventure in Mexico's coastal Huatulco region, you'll be welcomed by vistas of gleaming bays and golden beaches where protected flora and fauna thrive. Dive right into exciting water activities, from snorkeling and swimming to sailing under starlit skies. Explore the lively town, connect with locals, and savor traditions like crafting corn tortillas and creating carafe ice cream from scratch.

Combine culture with culinary experiences on this whirlwind tour through the heart of Mexico
Map of A Luxury Journey to Mexico's Heart: Mexico City & Oaxaca - 5 Days
A Luxury Journey to Mexico's Heart: Mexico City & Oaxaca - 5 Days

See the best of Mexico City and Oaxaca in a short amount of time with this luxurious trip combining 5-star hotels with private culture and food experiences. In Mexico City, you'll embark on a taco crawl, float along the canals of Xochimilco, and join a private cooking class. In Oaxaca, unravel the colorful city's charm with guided tours, market visits, and an enriching day trip to discover the region's culture and sights.

Colorful paper flags over a street in San Miguel de Allende
Map of Luxury Getaway in Mexico's Colonial Cities: Guanajuato & San Miguel de Allende - 5 Days
Luxury Getaway in Mexico's Colonial Cities: Guanajuato & San Miguel de Allende - 5 Days

This luxurious journey through the heart of Mexico explores the captivating colonial cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende over five days. Get swept up in the charm of these UNESCO-listed gems as you explore cobblestone streets and historic architecture with a private guide. Go deeper with a private wine tasting, tour the city of Santiago de Querétaro, join a horseback ride in the mountains of Guanajuato, and elevate your culinary skills with a hands-on Mexican cooking workshop.

Enjoy free time to explore Merida's beautiful Spanish colonial architecture
Map of Mexico Culture & Nature Escape: Mérida & the Yucatán - 5 Days
Mexico Culture & Nature Escape: Mérida & the Yucatán - 5 Days

Explore a different side of Mexico's famous Yucatán Peninsula on this five-day escape to Mérida, the region's capital. Take part in a number of culture and nature experiences that include visiting Maya communities, boating to the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, touring the ancient milpa fields of Yaxunah, and visiting Chichén Itzá, the "famous wonder of the Maya world," which dates back over 1,500 years.

Discover some of Mexico's City's most romantic neighborhoods on this five-day getaway
Map of Romantic Getaway to Mexico City - 5 Days
Romantic Getaway to Mexico City - 5 Days

Let Mexico City sweep you off your feet on this romantic, five-day introduction to the city. Taste adventurous flavors at an intimate dinner in the Centro Histórico, then hold hands as you cruise the canals of Xochimilco by traditional boat. Tour the charming neighborhoods of Coyoacán and San Ángel, and step into the world of famed muralist Diego Rivera at his museum. Finally, take a day trip to the incredible ruins of Teotihuacán to explore the pyramids and take part in an ancient cave ritual.

 Scenic streets and colorful buildings in historic city center of Oaxaca de Juarez
Map of Mexican Culture & Cuisine in Oaxaca - 5 Days
Mexican Culture & Cuisine in Oaxaca - 5 Days

Embark on an immersive five-day adventure through Oaxaca's rich culture and cuisine. Start your trip with an Indigenous gastronomic workshop, cycle through artistic neighborhoods, learn about amaranth, and explore the ancient city of Monte Albán. You'll even get hands-on, from painting your own alebrijes sculpture to learning how to cook traditional dishes in a rural Oaxacan village.

Step into the world of Frida Kahlo at Casa Azul
Map of An Art-Centered Tour of Mexico City - 5 Days
An Art-Centered Tour of Mexico City - 5 Days

Five days is the perfect amount of time to experience Mexico City's rich, artistic heritage—and see the cultural highlights too. From the influence of Frida Kahlo and her famous residence, Casa Azul, to Diego Rivera's provoking murals and contemporary masterpieces at the Museo de Arte Moderno, this tour runs the gamut of artistic representation in North America's largest city.

 Explore Mexico City and its many flavors as a local guide leads you to the best street food and restaurants in the city
Map of A Food-Focused Trip to Mexico City - 5 Days
A Food-Focused Trip to Mexico City - 5 Days

Mexican cuisine is so much more complex than burritos and tacos. You'll find out why on this five-day tour through the country's capital, Mexico City. Explore this massive metropolis' distinct neighborhoods, historic landmarks, and ancient past alongside a local guide. But the best part? Diving taste buds first into its dynamic gastronomy through local street stalls, traditional restaurants, and pastelerias (bakeries).

Explore the secrets of ancient Teotihuacán on foot, followed by a memorable cave ceremony and culinary experience
Map of Active Mexico City: Pyramids, Culture & Volcanoes - 5 Days
Active Mexico City: Pyramids, Culture & Volcanoes - 5 Days

If you like your city breaks filled with nature and outdoor adventure, this five-day Mexico City getaway is your perfect match. You'll stroll the urban oases of Coyoacán and Chapultepec, glide through Aztec-era waterways on the canals of Xochimilco, and venture farther afield with day trips to the pyramids of Teotihuacán and a rugged hike among the volcanoes of Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park.

Visit Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Church perched atop Tlachihualtepetl (the Great Pyramid of Cholula)
Map of Highlights of Mexico City & Cholula - 5 Days
Highlights of Mexico City & Cholula - 5 Days

This five-day getaway is packed with cultural highlights, perfect for travelers wanting to experience Mexico's archaeology, cuisine, and art. You'll admire the architecture of Mexico City's neighborhoods, witness floating gardens in Xochimilco, tour Frida Kahlo's house, and cycle past the ancient ruins of Teotihuacán. Then, continue to Cholula, a fusion of Indigenous culture and Spanish colonial influences, for a market experience followed by a traditional ceramics workshop.

Tacos de chapulines (grasshopper tacos) are a traditional Oaxacan snack
Map of Luxury Oaxaca Foodie Experience - 5 Days
Luxury Oaxaca Foodie Experience - 5 Days

Treat your senses to five days of Oaxaca's world-famous gastronomy with this luxury foodie fiesta. Check into your boutique hotel, then join a relaxed bike ride to sample street food with a private guide. Visit the city's top market halls and join a one-on-one cooking workshop with a local culinary master. Finally, explore ancient civilizations at Monte Albán and unleash your creativity at an alebrije workshop.

You can't get much closer to the beach than at your luxury boutique hotel in Tulum (photo courtesy of La Zebra Colibri)
Map of Authentic Luxury on Mexico's Riviera Maya - 5 Days
Authentic Luxury on Mexico's Riviera Maya - 5 Days

This five-day itinerary redefines laid-back luxury travel on the Riviera Maya, mixing the colonial charm of Valladolid with Tulum's coastal chic. Start in Valladolid with a private walking tour, then unveil the ancient secrets of Ek' Balam and cycle through the mystique of Cobá's ruins. Cruise along the Caribbean coast, snorkeling with tropical fish and giant turtles as your onboard chef prepares a fresh Mexican lunch. Finally, take home Mexico's culinary secrets with a private cooking class in a local chef's home.

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