9 days in Mexico Itinerary

9 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip itinerary planner

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Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tulum
— 3 nights
Bus to Puerto Juárez, Ferry to Isla Mujeres
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Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Fly to Chicago

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Cabo San Lucas

— 2 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Plaza Mijares. Step out of Cabo San Lucas with an excursion to Swim with Dolphins in San Jose del Cabo--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Cabo Dolphins by Cabo Adventures, push the limits with an extreme tour, and kick back and relax at Playa del Amor.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas sightseeing planner.

Chicago, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Cabo San Lucas. In November, Cabo San Lucas is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

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Puerto Vallarta

— 2 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
On the 4th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Vallarta Botanical Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nuevo Vallarta Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta is 1 hour. November in Puerto Vallarta sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tulum.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:

Tulum

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and Paradise Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: La Playa Xpuha (in Xpu-Ha) and Parque Los Fundadores (in Playa del Carmen). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote and Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tulum tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Tulum in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in November: highs in Tulum hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:

Isla Mujeres

— 1 night
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Women's Beading Cooperative and then delve into the distant past at Punta Sur.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres road trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. November in Isla Mujeres sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites
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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.