Me and wife are planning a 2 week trip to Mexico during Xmas/New Year (Dec 23-Jan6). We fly in and out of Mexico city and have 14 days in all other than our flying days. After reading a lot on LP and TA, I have finally come up with an itinerary and still have some questions ????
But looking at info in posted forums and long bus journeys from Oaxaca to Chiapas, I thought taking it easy and spending more time at each place
Mexico city->Oaxaca->Playa/Cozumel->Mexico city
Day 1/2/3/4/5 - Mexico City
Day 5 overnight - Transfer to Oaxaca using ADO Platino bus
Day 6/7/8 - Oaxaca city
Day 9 - Fly to Cancun/Cozumel via Mexico DF by Interjet
Day 9/10/11/12/13 - Playa/Cozumel/Merida (relaxing/diving)
Day 14 - Fly back from Merida to Mexico DF and catch evening flight back home
Could the experts please give an opinion on the itinerary and answer my questions:
1. Are 5 days in Mexico city OK or can I reduce 1 day and add somewhere else ?
2. Have I chosen correctly of including Oaxaca rather than San Cristobal and Palenque (Chiapas) ??
I read on forums and it turns out people prefer Oaxaca to San Cristobal. BUT I REALLY WANTED TO DO PALENQUE (which turns out to be in middle of nowhere :(
3. Since it is New Years time, should I rather go to Playa/Cozumel first and then Oaxaca ? We are not die-hard party animals and thought Yucatan would be too crowded on New Years . Any suggestions ?
4. Is Palenque really not-to-be-missed ?? Any possibility to include Palenque at the end and fly back from Villahermosa to Mexico city ? Or since I am not doing Palenque, what other Mayan sites could make up for it ??
Sorry for bombarding with many questions but I need to decide on this asap so as to finalize my bookings.
Thanks much for help