18 days in Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Mexico Itinerary

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18 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Beirut
Fly:  19 h
1
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Beirut

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa La Virgen and La Condesa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada. Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to Tula de Allende Municipality to see Tula Toltec Archaeological Ruins about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, and explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Mexico City visit planner .

Beirut, Lebanon to Mexico City is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Beirut to Mexico City, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Beirut in October; daily highs in Mexico City reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

San Juan Teotihuacan, Playa La Virgen, Tula Toltec Archaeological Ruins
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3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Vallarta and El Centro. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Swim with Dolphins. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, head off the coast to Isla Cuale, kick back and relax at Punta De Mita, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip maker website .

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Mexico City in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Puerto Vallarta: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Swim with Dolphins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Swim with Dolphins

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa El Cielo and Paseo El Cedral Reef. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and El Paso del Cedral Reef. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cozumel Pearl Farm, don't miss a visit to San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, and see the vivid underwater world at Yucab Reef.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in October since evenings lows in Cozumel dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
San Francisco Reef ©
San Francisco Reef

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Ek Balam and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen & Chikin Ha). Next up on the itinerary: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Tulum vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Scuba & Snorkeling, Ek Balam
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Diving

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), kick back and relax at Xcacel Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica El Meco, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun day trip site .

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Zona Arqueológica El Meco, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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Shark Diving
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

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