12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

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12 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Brasilia
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Brasilia

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site, Spas, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 28th (Tue) at Xel-Ha. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret Park and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen holiday planner.

Brasilia, Brazil to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Brasilia to Playa del Carmen. Traveling from Brasilia in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Playa del Carmen, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tulum, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park

2
nights
Cozumel

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and then admire all the interesting features of Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip planner .

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

1
night
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
On the 2nd (Sun), stop by Eva's Fine Jewelry, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Peyote People, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta itinerary planner.

Fly from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, and get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Puerto Vallarta in June, with highs in Mexico City at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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