26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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26 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mahahual
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Buenos Aires

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.
Visiting National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Playa Delfines will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Punta Sur and Guadalupe Chapel. There's much more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary builder website .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cancun is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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 ©
Shark Diving
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

4
nights
Cozumel

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palancar Reef and Santa Rosa Wall. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Columbia Reef, get outside with Paradise Beach Cozumel, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, and kick back and relax at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cozumel trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Cancun to Cozumel in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cozumel are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

4
nights
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Gran Cenote will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Ek Balam and Temple of the Bearded Man. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Chichen Itza (Las Monjas, The Ossuary, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tulum day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mahahual.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mahahual trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Mahahual takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in January: highs in Mahahual hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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.
Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Museo Nacional de Antropologia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapultepec Castle and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mahahual to Mexico City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Mahahual in January, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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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.
Visit Old Vallarta and Zona Romantica for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales. Explore Puerto Vallarta's surroundings by going to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Sayulita) and Nuevo Vallarta Beach (in Nuevo Vallarta). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta online tour builder .

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, Puerto Vallarta is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

7
nights
Cabo San Lucas

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.
Get some cultural insight at Parroquia San Jose and Church of Saint Luke. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Los Cerritos. Step out of Cabo San Lucas with an excursion to Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Maria Beach, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll through Chileno Beach, and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose del Cabo, Playa Los Cerritos
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Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving

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