13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Cozumel
— 2 nights
2
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
3
Merida
— 1 night
4
Palenque
— 1 night
5
Oaxaca
— 1 night
6
Mexico City
— 1 night
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
8
Mazatlan
— 1 night
9
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights

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Cozumel

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel, then see the interesting displays at The Mayan Cacao Company, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally view the masterpieces at BALAM Art Painted on Feathers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall, then explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel day trip app.

Dublin, Ireland to Cozumel is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Cozumel is minus 5 hours. In December, Cozumel is warmer than Dublin - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
The Mayan Cacao Company ©
The Mayan Cacao Company
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Chikin Ha, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, and finally explore the world behind art at 3D Museum of Wonders.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen road trip planning tool.

Getting from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. December in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church ©
3D Museum of Wonders ©
3D Museum of Wonders

1
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Merida

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): examine the collection at Museo de Los Ferrocarriles de Yucatan, explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, then steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, then contemplate the long history of Merida Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Casa Montejo.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Merida vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Merida takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. While traveling from Playa del Carmen, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Merida, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Merida

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Museo Casa Montejo ©
Museo Casa Montejo
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

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Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll through Aluxes, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Palenque online travel route builder.

Getting from Merida to Palenque by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes ©
Aluxes
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha

1
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Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
On the 2nd (Sat), delve into the distant past at Monte Alban, then examine the collection at Oaxaca Textile Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Oaxaca online day trip planner.

Getting from Palenque to Oaxaca by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Oaxaca, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

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night
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 3rd (Sun): stop by Coyoacan, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, then examine the collection at Museo Soumaya, and finally examine the collection at Museo Memoria y Tolerancia.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City route planning site.

Fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Museo Soumaya ©
Museo Soumaya
Museo Memoria y Tolerancia ©
Museo Memoria y Tolerancia

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night
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Vallarta: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

1
night
Mazatlan

Mazatlan ©
Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from El Faro Lighthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Plaza Machado, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mazatlan Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Old Mazatlan.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mazatlan travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mazatlan, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Machado ©
Plaza Machado
Mazatlan Cathedral ©
Mazatlan Cathedral
Old Mazatlan ©
Old Mazatlan

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Cabo San Lucas

One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
On the 6th (Wed), kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, go for a stroll along the water at Marina Cabo San Lucas, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at La Sacristia Art & History, make a trip to Plaza Mijares, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Jose, and finally get in on the family fun at Wild Canyon Adventures.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mazatlan to Cabo San Lucas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mazatlan in January, you will find days in Cabo San Lucas are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

San Jose del Cabo
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parroquia San Jose ©
Parroquia San Jose
La Sacristia Art & History ©
La Sacristia Art & History

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