15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
Kids will enjoy La Isla Shopping Village and Interactive Aquarium. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cancun tour planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Cancun is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Los Angeles in September since evenings lows in Cancun dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

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 13th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza online road trip planner .

You can drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Chichen Itza sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenote Yokdzonot, 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, and look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum journey planner .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in September: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 85°F and lows are around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
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 17th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, then see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef, and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cozumel travel route tool .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. September in Cozumel sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mexico City itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cozumel in September, expect Mexico City to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Los Arcos, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and finally make a trip to Plaza Lazaro Cardenas.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, Puerto Vallarta is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 88°F and lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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