16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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16 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Sydney

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.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, nightlife, adventure, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head off the coast to Los Arcos, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta online trip maker .

Sydney, Australia to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
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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.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo, and explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mexico City online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December, expect Mexico City to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

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

4
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site, Kaahal Home Tulum, & more) and Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen is 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Playa del Carmen, with highs around 30°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Chichen Itza
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

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, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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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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