16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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16 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Pittsburgh

3
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.
Step out of Puerto Vallarta to go to Cabo Corrientes and see Vallarta Botanical Gardens, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta tour itinerary builder app .

Pittsburgh, USA to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Puerto Vallarta, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in December: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 82°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Marietas Islands, Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

3
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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. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, and don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December; daily highs in Mexico City reach 72°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, and pick up some new knowledge with Discover Mexico Park Cozumel.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cozumel vacation planning app .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cozumel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: highs in Cozumel hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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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

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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). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and explore the galleries of MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum holiday planner.

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tulum are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, adventure, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, get outside with Outdoor Activities, play a few rounds at Moon Palace Golf Course, and kick back and relax at Playa Delfines.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun travel route planner.

Getting from Tulum to Cancun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

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