18 days in Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Mexico Itinerary

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18 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  25​h
1
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Cozumel
— 3 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Paradise Beach. Popular historic sites such as Tulum Archaeological Site and Chichen Itza are in your itinerary. Step out of Playa del Carmen to go to Tulum and see Balam Art On Feathers, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret Park, Head underground at Cavernas Chaaktun, take in the exciting artwork at Ambarte, and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip app .

Durban, South Africa to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Durban in December, expect nights in Playa del Carmen to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 21st (Sat), get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone, and then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines.

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Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cancun takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

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.
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Swim with Dolphins. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Palancar, explore the world behind art at Galo Art Studio, see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef, and don't miss a visit to San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Cozumel day trip app .

Getting from Cancun to Cozumel by car takes about 3 hours. December in Cozumel sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough 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 in touch with nature at Swim with Dolphins and Bucerias. Visit Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Old Vallarta for their historical value. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Los Muertos Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, and take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bosque de Chapultepec and La Condesa. Get some historical perspective at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Chapultepec Castle. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Mexico City trip builder website .

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. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December, things will get slightly colder in Mexico City: highs are around 26°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo ©
Zocalo

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