15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
3
Tulum
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: London

2
nights
Cancun

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 3rd (Sat): make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Xcacel Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cancun day trip planner .

London, UK to Cancun is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in Cancun at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

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 6th (Tue): explore the ancient world of La Iglesia, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, and finally explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary app .

Getting from Cancun to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tulum Archaeological Site and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba (about 48 minutes away). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 8th (Thu) at Xel-Ha. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Mayan Beach, look for gifts at Amore Latino Tulum, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tulum trip tool .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in August, things will get little chillier in Tulum: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach, 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
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Zocalo. Visit Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Historic Center (Centro Historico) for their historical value. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, see the interesting displays at Museo de Frida Kahlo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tulum to Mexico City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tulum in August, with highs in Mexico City at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Cabo San Lucas

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa del Amor and Divorce beach. Get outdoors at Medano Beach and El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke, view the masterpieces at Whimsical Art Cabo, and stop by La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas online travel planner .

Fly from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in August, expect nights in Cabo San Lucas to be much hotter, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

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