I am on a 2 week trip from Mexico city to Yucatan Riviera and back to Mexico city to catch my flight back home. I first thought of this rough itinerary looking at guide books:
Start - 24 Dec'12
End - 06 Jan'13
Mexico City - 3/4 days
-> Oaxaca - 2 days
-> SCLC - 1 day
-> Palenque - 1 day
-> Merida/Chichitza - 1/2 days
-> Playa/Cozumel - 3 days
-> Fly back to Mexico city to catch flight back home
Of course while researching for buses/flights and things to do at all the above mentioned places, I know I am being too optimistic and over-enthusiastic .
So my question to the experts is:
1. If I skip Oaxaca, will I really miss something which I wont find in SCLC or Merida or Mexico city ? Because if I miss Oaxaca, it buys me lot of quality time at other destinations due to long bus transfer time from Oaxaca to SCLC and infavorable flight timings.
2. Or should I miss SCLC instead of Oaxaca and straight away go to Palenque from Oaxaca (via Villahermosa?)
3. And How different are these places in their nature - Oaxaca, SCLC, Campeche and Merida ? Guide book says all are colonial cities but how different is it in feel for a tourist ?
4. Is there anything experts would like to suggest me on the itinerary, like first fly to Cancun from Mexico as it will be New Years time and then travel back to Mexico city through all points.