23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip planner

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Fly
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Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
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Cancun

— 2 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cancun travel planner.

London, UK to Cancun is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from London in December, things will get warmer in Cancun: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and then don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza route planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Tulum

— 5 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Xcaret, &more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip itinerary site.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in December, with highs in Tulum at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

Cozumel

— 3 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tee off at Cozumel Country Club, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Mexico City

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cozumel in December, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Puerto Vallarta

— 4 nights
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, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the masterpieces at Galeria Colectika, and head outdoors with Bahía de Banderas.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta online itinerary planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in January, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

Cabo San Lucas

— 3 nights
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cabo San Lucas: San Jose del Cabo (Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery & Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, steep yourself in history at Church of Saint Luke, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.