26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cancun
— 3 nights
2
Cozumel
— 4 nights
3
Tulum
— 4 nights
4
Mahahual
— 1 night
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 7 nights

3
nights
Cancun

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Delfines and La Isla Shopping Village. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Guadalupe Chapel). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun road trip planning app.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cancun is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Cancun is minus 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
Shark Diving
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palancar Reef and Fishing Charters & Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Santa Rosa Wall. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, get outside with The Money Bar Beach Club, and see the vivid underwater world at Columbia Reef.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cozumel day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Cozumel sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

4
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Ek Balam. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paradise Beach and The Ossuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Chichen Itza (Las Monjas, Temple of the Bearded Man, &more). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the exhibits of Art Gallery Miniature, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. December in Tulum sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mahahual.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

1
night
Mahahual

Mahahual ©
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
On the 5th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mahahual trip planning app.

Drive from Tulum to Mahahual in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in January, you will find days in Mahahual are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 off the beaten path and head to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Chapultepec Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe and Museo Nacional de Antropologia. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, make a trip to Zocalo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mexico City using our trip planner.

You can fly from Mahahual to Mexico City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mahahual to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mahahual in January, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are cooler (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe ©
Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from the city and head to Swim with Dolphins and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Old Vallarta, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, don't miss a visit to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and take in the exciting artwork at OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in January, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

7
nights
Cabo San Lucas

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Chileno Beach. Visiting Shark Diving and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cabo San Lucas: Playa Los Cerritos (in Todos Santos) and San Jose del Cabo (Parroquia San Jose & Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Maria Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cabo San Lucas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas is minus 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose del Cabo, Playa Los Cerritos
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 18:
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Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Los Cerritos ©
Playa Los Cerritos

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