13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 45 min
2
Merida
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tulum
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Manchester

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stop by Whimsical Cabo and then look for gifts at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at San Jose del Cabo Church, view the masterpieces at Paquime, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Maria Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, Cabo San Lucas is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

San Jose del Cabo, Misión San Ignacio Kadakaamán
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Parroquia San Jose ©
Parroquia San Jose

4
nights
Merida

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chichen Itza and Uxmal. Discover out-of-the-way places like Temples of Uxmal and Palacio del Gobernador (Governor's Palace). Get out of town with these interesting Merida side-trips: Izamal (Hecho a Mano & Izamal Ruins) and Uxmal (in Muna). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional de Yucatán, Palacio Cantón, take in the exciting artwork at Nahualli Casa de los Artistas, and delve into the distant past at Kabah.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Merida journey tool .

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Merida in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Izamal, Chichen Itza, Kabah, Uxmal
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Tulum and then delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, delve into the distant past at Muyil, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tulum travel route builder website .

You can drive from Merida to Tulum in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Merida in October: highs in Tulum hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Muyil
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Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach
Muyil ©
Muyil

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Museo Frida Kahlo Riviera Maya, view the masterpieces at Galeria de Arte 5ta Avenida, then enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Los Fundadores, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Sun Jaguar, then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, then explore the wide array of goods at Plaza Playacar, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Esmeralda.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Parque Los Fundadores ©
Parque Los Fundadores
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen ©
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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