18 days in Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Durban
Fly + Bus:  25 h
1
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Durban

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Chichen Itza. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cavernas Chaaktun. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Balam Art On Feathers & Paradise Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, view the masterpieces at Ambarte, and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder site.

Durban, South Africa to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 27- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or fly. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Durban to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Durban in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Playa del Carmen: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica El Rey, and then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Cancun journey builder.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zona Arqueologica El Rey ©
Zona Arqueologica El Rey

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.
Visit San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Galo Art Studio. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, stroll through Playa Palancar, and see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cozumel trip tool.

You can drive from Cancun to Cozumel in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

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.
Get some cultural insight at Zona Romantica and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Los Muertos Beach and Bucerias. The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bucerias
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Swim with Dolphins
Los Muertos Beach ©
Los Muertos Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zocalo and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip builder app.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December; daily highs in Mexico City reach 26°C and lows reach 9°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo
Zocalo

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