13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Mumbai

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Palancar Reef and Paradise Beach Cozumel. Next up on the itinerary: partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, and find something for the whole family at Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Cozumel is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in January: highs in Cozumel hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Theme Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and 3D Museum of Wonders. Venture out of the city with trips to Tulum (Gran Cenote & Tulum Archaeological Site). There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret and see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tulum
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Xcaret ©
Xcaret

2
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally visit Coyoacan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, then explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Zocalo ©
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan

3
nights
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 1st (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Vallarta Botanical Gardens, head off the coast to Los Arcos, then don't miss a visit to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Nuevo Vallarta Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta journey builder site .

Fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in January; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Nuevo Vallarta Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Vallarta Botanical Gardens ©
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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