16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Taxi:  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, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Los Arcos, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta online tour itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can 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.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

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

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Mexico City is slightly colder than Puerto Vallarta - with highs of 26°C and lows of 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site, Kaahal Home Tulum, &more) and Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Getting from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mexico City in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Playa del Carmen: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Chichen Itza
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

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: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, contemplate the long history of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, and look for gifts at Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cozumel travel route planner.

Traveling by taxi from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cozumel are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

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

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