13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip planner

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

— 1 night
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.
On the 20th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Cozumel visit planner.

Washington, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 12-hour flight. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in December, with highs in Cozumel at 80°F and lows at 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chichen Itza tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Chichen Itza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 75°F in Chichen Itza. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to 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

— 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, stroll through Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Tulum Tower.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tulum trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chichen Itza in December; daily highs in Tulum reach 80°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Mexico City

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 25th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and then explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), make a trip to Zocalo, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

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Traveling by flight from Tulum to Mexico City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tulum to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tulum in December, expect nights in Mexico City to be much colder, around 47°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

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.
On the 27th (Mon), shop like a local with Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte, then take in the exciting artwork at Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery, then explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco, and finally view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas trip tool.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in December since evenings lows in Cabo San Lucas dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Puerto Vallarta

— 3 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 29th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 5 hours. Other options are to 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. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. You will leave for home on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

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.