15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cozumel
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines and then play a few rounds at Moon Palace Golf Course.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cancun day trip planning website .

Salt Lake City, USA to Cancun is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Salt Lake City to Cancun is 2 hours. In December, Cancun is much hotter than Salt Lake City - with highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
On the 4th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Scuba & Snorkeling). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, and take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tulum day trip app .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in December: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors

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.
Start 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then stroll through Cozumel Pearl Farm, and then experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel trip maker site .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. December in Cozumel sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Parks
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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): make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then admire the sheer force of La Asuncion, and then don't miss a visit to Iglesia Santo Domingo.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Palenque online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cozumel to Palenque in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or fly. Traveling from Cozumel to Palenque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature 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 to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Mexico City are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time 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, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta online trip builder .

Fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect Puerto Vallarta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 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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