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Walk along the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Tulum
Map of 2 Weeks in Mexico - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Mexico - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Mexico, you and your family can explore ancient Maya ruins in Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula or dive into the sparkling waters of Costa Maya, where sailing and snorkeling await. Alternatively, experience the "magic" of Mexico's cities on a wide-ranging tour that takes you from the nation's capital to the Pacific Coast. Nature-loving families will discover Mexico's stunning biodiversity on an excursion of Baja California Sur, showcasing the country's beaches, waterfalls, and deserts.

Children can help release sea turtle hatchlings on the beaches of La Escobilla
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10 Days in Mexico - 6 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Mexico, you and your family can immerse yourself in the country's vibrant culture and ancient history on a classic Mexico family adventure or opt for an action-packed itinerary exploring the coastlines, ruins, and jungles of Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Foodie families will love attending cooking classes and visiting markets on a "flavors of Mexico" tour. And those looking to discover the fascinating underwater world should opt for an itinerary focused around the Yucatán Peninsula.

Go on a road trip with the family to Mexico
Map of 1 Week in Mexico - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Mexico - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With one week in Mexico, you and your family can base yourself in Playa del Carmen and explore the beaches, underwater world, and ancient ruins of Tulum and Cobá, or opt for a stay in Oaxaca, delighting in the traditional workshops on offer. If you're after a more luxurious trip, spend your evenings in Puerto Aventuras and your days swimming with whale sharks and roaming Chichén Itzá. Or, for the ideal mix of nature and culture, split your time between Oaxaca and Santa María Huatulco.

Mexico family-friendly itineraries

Agua Azul Waterfall
Map of Family Trip to Chiapas & the Riviera Maya - 14 Days
Family Trip to Chiapas & the Riviera Maya - 14 Days

On this family-friendly two-week itinerary, you'll discover the diverse state of Chiapas, with its jungle waterfalls, colonial cities, and Mayan communities. Then you'll pick up a rental car and drive yourself around the Yucatán Peninsula, stopping to relax on the beach, swim in cenotes, and visit archaeological ruins perched high above the Caribbean Sea.

A beautiful beach on the Pacific coast of Mexico
Map of Family Adventure in Mexico - 14 Days
Family Adventure in Mexico - 14 Days

In two weeks, you'll discover the best of Mexico, from cosmopolitan Mexico City to colorful San Miguel de Allende and the beautiful beaches of Puerto Vallarta. Bring the whole family along for an adventure that features fun in the sun, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding in a canyon, and climbing to the top of massive pyramids at Teotihuacán.

Colorful flags and piñatas on a street in Oaxaca
Map of Mexico Family Adventure: Mexico City to Oaxaca - 12 Days
Mexico Family Adventure: Mexico City to Oaxaca - 12 Days

Jam-packed with fun, fascinating excursions, this 12-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to Mexico for the whole family. Starting in the capital, you'll cheer on your favorite wrestlers at a live Lucha Libre show, then go for a kid-friendly food tour through the colorful city streets. After exploring the canals and floating gardens of Xochimilco, it's time to make your way south toward Oaxaca—stopping en route to see the pyramids of Teotihuacan by hot air balloon and walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs at the Tehuacán Biosphere Reserve.

Take the kids to see the ancient pyramids of Uxmal
Map of Family Trip to Chiapas & the Yucatán Peninsula - 14 Days
Family Trip to Chiapas & the Yucatán Peninsula - 14 Days

The beaches and jungles of southern Mexico beckon on this adventurous, two-week family vacation. Start in Chiapas with the kids in tow to explore lost Maya cities, paddle across jungle lagoons, and join in the crafts and rituals of the native Lacandon people. Then it's on to the Yucatán Peninsula to cool off in turquoise swimming holes and tour colorful colonial cities before ending your trip on the white sands of Holbox Island.

Help release sea turtle hatchlings in Huatulco
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Oaxaca for Families: Markets, Pyramids, Beaches & Turtles - 7 Days

This weeklong family adventure introduces you to the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca—from its famous food scene and ancient temples to white sandy beaches and exotic wildlife. Browse Oaxaca City's colorful markets, where you can sample everything from empanadas to grasshoppers, and learn the secrets of Mexican cuisine during a rural cooking workshop. Then head to the coastal paradise of Huatulco to watch turtles come ashore before striking out on jungle and waterfall adventures.

Take the kids to a cenote for a fun splash
Map of Mexico's Riviera Maya: Adventures in Nature for Active Families - 10 Days
Mexico's Riviera Maya: Adventures in Nature for Active Families - 10 Days

Active families who like to combine beach time with more energetic pursuits in nature will love this 10-day tour of Mexico's Riviera Maya. Divide your time between Tulum and Playa Del Carmen, which allows you to delve into the countryside surrounding these popular spots. If you and your kids enjoy swimming in hidden cenotes, cycling through the countryside, and touring around ancient ruins and culture-rich cities, this idyllic tour on the Yucatán Peninsula's Caribbean coast is for you.

End your Mexican vacation at the beach
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Family Tour of "Magical" Mexico: From Mexico City to the Pacific Coast - 14 Days

Mexico will seem like a magical land to imaginative kids; with ancient cities, active volcanoes, colorful crafts, and beautiful beaches, there's plenty to keep all ages interested. This two-week itinerary starts in Mexico City and has you traveling southeast through Puebla and Oaxaca to the paradise of Huatulco on the Pacific Coast—taking in a variety of cultural and natural wonders along the way. Both kids and parents will enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of this beautiful and fascinating part of Mexico.

Let the kids burn some energy at the water fountain in front of Monument to the Mexican Revolution (Monumento a la Revolucion), Mexico City
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Mexico Family Adventure: Mexico City to Oaxaca City - 10 Days

Kids of all ages will be fascinated by the sights, sounds, and flavors of central and southwestern Mexico. This 10-day family-friendly itinerary starts in Mexico City and travels down to Oaxaca City, passing many cultural and geological highlights along the way. Learn about Aztec culture at Teotihuacán, stargaze and find fossilized sea creatures in the desert, and take every opportunity to sample local cuisine, like quesillos and empanadas.

Enjoy a luxury trip to the Riviera Maya
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Luxury Family Trip to Mexico's Riviera Maya - 7 Days

Make the most of a week in Mexico by basing yourself in one beautiful place and eliminating the need to rush between different destinations. On this weeklong, family-friendly tour, you'll settle into a luxury villa on the Riviera Maya, an ideal location to relax, explore, and enjoy outdoor adventures. Outdoor adventures such as boat tours, snorkeling, caving, and trips to cenotes can be modified to suit the needs of your kids, making this a vacation that everyone will love.

Spend time with the family on the beaches of Baja California Sur
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Southern Baja California Sur for Nature-Loving Families - 14 Days

Active, nature-loving families with older kids will love the southern part of Mexico's Baja California peninsula known as Baja California Sur. With gorgeous white-sand beaches, marine parks, and reefs around the coast, adventurous kids (and parents) can swim, snorkel, and spot wildlife. There's also a dramatic desert interior, which is great for biking and hiking adventures. You can explore it all, and much more, on this action-packed two-week tour.

Have fun with the kids at the stunning beaches in Mexico
Map of Mexico's Riviera Maya for Families - 7 Days
Mexico's Riviera Maya for Families - 7 Days

Escape to the Yucatán Peninsula on this laid-back, family-friendly itinerary for a week. Based in Playa del Carmen, you'll visit ancient ruins by bicycle or "bicitaxi," enjoying pristine white-sand beaches, swimming in limestone cenotes, and floating down an underground river. A memorable day trip takes you wildlife spotting in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, where you'll learn how the locals protect this unspoiled slice of paradise.

Flamingows at Ría Lagartos Reserve
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Family Fun on the Yucatán Peninsula - 10 Days

This 10-day tour of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula is the family trip of a lifetime. Start in the village of Puerto Morelos, where you'll snorkel among the coral beds, colorful fish, and the occasional shy octopus of Puerto Morelos Reef National Park. Visit Mérida to tour ancient Chichén Itzá, then cruise Valladolid's Ría Lagartos Reserve while the kids count flocks of pink flamingoes. See the ruins of Tulum, take a jungle adventure with ziplining and cenote swims, and explore the peaceful waters of Sian Ka'an Reserve.

Colorful dolls at a local Oaxaca market
Map of Family Trip to Mexico: Oaxaca & Mazunte - 10 Days
Family Trip to Mexico: Oaxaca & Mazunte - 10 Days

This family-focused 10-day tour splits your time between the vibrant southern Mexican city of Oaxaca and the unspoiled Oaxacan beach town of Mazunte. All ages will find plenty to interest and entertain them in Oaxaca, with delicious food, ancient history, and thriving culture at every corner. Then it's time to head for the coast, where you'll settle into a slower pace and introduce curious kids to natural wonders like beautiful beaches, nesting turtles, and shimmering bioluminescence.

Mexican food will appeal to the whole family
Map of Flavors of Mexico Family Tour: Mexico City, Puebla & Oaxaca - 10 Days
Flavors of Mexico Family Tour: Mexico City, Puebla & Oaxaca - 10 Days

As any parent knows, kids tend to have big appetites. Satisfy perpetually empty bellies and curious tastebuds on a 10-day food-focused tour of Mexico. Starting in Mexico City and ending in Oaxaca, you'll enjoy a range of culinary activities along the way—as well as physical activity to earn that next meal. Visit a taco night market in Mexico City, cycle through an Aztec archeological site, try your hand at making Indigenous food in Oaxaca, hike through cactus-filled deserts and mountains, and more.

Churros are a favorite Mexican treat
Map of Mexico for Families: Crafts & Cooking in Oaxaca - 7 Days
Mexico for Families: Crafts & Cooking in Oaxaca - 7 Days

Welcome to Oaxaca, a feast for the senses! This week-long family adventure skips the rushing around to focus on the southern Mexican city's many delights. Head to the market to sip spiced hot chocolate, unwrap tamales, and indulge in syrupy nicuátole. Play hide and seek among the ancient temples of Monte Albán, then browse the region's famous handicrafts in local villages. Finish up with a rural cooking workshop, where kids can get hands-on as they make tortillas with a local Zapotec community.

Explore ancient ruins in Tulum with the kids
Map of Family Adventure on Mexico's Costa Maya - 14 Days
Family Adventure on Mexico's Costa Maya - 14 Days

Mexico's Costa Maya region is an ideal destination for families, whether your kids are tiny, nearly grown, or somewhere in between. The combination of beautiful beaches, outdoor attractions, plentiful wildlife, delicious food, and fascinating culture will appeal to kids and adults alike. This two-week itinerary provides ample opportunities to relax and rejuvenate as well as get active and make the most of the destination—as you snorkel, kayak, cycle, and swim together along the spectacular Caribbean coast.

Piñata in Mexico City
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Make Family Memories in Mexico City & the Yucatán Peninsula - 10 Days

This family-friendly adventure starts in Mexico City. You'll take a walking food tour through the center, ride the carousel at Chapultepec Park, and experience the wonders of ancient Teotihuacán from the birds-eye view of a hot air balloon. Then, it's off to the Yucatán to dive into the blue waters of cenotes, spot pink flamingoes at Ría Lagartos Reserve, and stroll the beaches of Holbox Island. End your tour with a once-in-a-lifetime swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world.