15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Ferry + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
4
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h
5
Palenque
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Salt Lake City

2
nights
Cancun

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines and then play a few rounds at Moon Palace Golf Course.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary maker tool.

Salt Lake City, USA to Cancun is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Cancun. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in December; daily highs in Cancun reach 82°F and lows reach 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Moon Palace Golf Course ©
Moon Palace Golf Course

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, thendelve into the distant past at The Ossuary, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dzibichaltun
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

3
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, explore the galleries of Art Gallery Miniature, and stop by Kaahal Home Tulum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary site.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in December, with highs in Tulum at 80°F and lows at 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and then relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cozumel day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel takes 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cozumel are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

1
night
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at La Asuncion, and then don't miss a visit to Iglesia Santo Domingo.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Palenque online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cozumel to Palenque takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Palenque. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Iglesia Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia Santo Domingo

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.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Zocalo
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
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 14th (Sat), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenget to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 82°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

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