16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
+2
Taxi + Ferry + Bus:  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.
When in Puerto Vallarta, make a side trip to see Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, approximately Cabo Corrientes away. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and head off the coast to Marietas Islands.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta holiday planning app.

Pittsburgh, USA to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in December: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 82°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

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

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.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and see the interesting displays at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan.

Discover how to plan a Mexico City trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December, expect Mexico City to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to 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
Zocalo
Zocalo

3
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Cozumel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Cozumel to be much hotter, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks 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
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Miniature, and stop by Kaahal Home Tulum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tulum travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Cozumel to Tulum in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car 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

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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and tee off at Moon Palace Golf Course.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Cancun day trip planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Cancun, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

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

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