13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Tulum
— 1 night
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oaxtepec
— 1 night
Drive
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Puebla
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
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Tulum

— 1 night
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
On the 22nd (Wed), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): explore and take pictures at Tulum Tower, delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tulum journey planning app.

Houston, USA to Tulum is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Tulum: highs are around 80°F and lows about 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Cozumel

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palancar Reef and Paradise Beach Cozumel. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Rosa Wall, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Cozumel sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Templo Mayor. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chapultepec Castle and Palacio de Bellas Artes. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Historic Center (Centro Historico), look for gifts at Tinta Naranja Urban Gallery, visit Coyoacan, and contemplate the long history of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

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Fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cozumel in December, you will find days in Mexico City are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are colder (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oaxtepec.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Oaxtepec

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Balnearo Ejidal El Bosque and then steep yourself in history at Ex Convento Santo Domingo de Guzman.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Oaxtepec trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Oaxtepec takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Mexico City in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Oaxtepec: highs are around 80°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Oaxtepec

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Puebla

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): walk around Zocalo and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario). On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museo Amparo and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Puebla visit planner.

You can drive from Oaxtepec to Puebla in 2 hours. In December, Puebla is slightly colder than Oaxtepec - with highs of 73°F and lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Puerto Vallarta

— 1 night
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta vacation maker tool.

Getting from Puebla to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Puebla, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Puerto Vallarta, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Spas · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.