20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Cabo San Lucas
— 1 night
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly
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Palenque
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tzimol
— 1 night
Drive
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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 2 nights
Fly to Cancun, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 1 night
Fly
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Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum
— 1 night

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Cabo San Lucas

— 1 night
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 14th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and then shop like a local with La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, ride a horse along Cuadra San Francisco, and then take in the exciting artwork at Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas attractions planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Los Cabos International Airport. In December in Cabo San Lucas, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

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 16th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta route planner.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 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. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Mexico City

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, gain insight at Iglesia de San Francisco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

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You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December, expect Mexico City to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

Oaxaca

— 2 nights
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Andador de Macedonia Alcala, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, and then take an in-depth tour of Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca and then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

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Fly from Mexico City to Oaxaca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Oaxaca to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Palenque.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Palenque

— 2 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Palenque travel route builder site.

You can fly from Oaxaca to Palenque in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Tzimol.

Things to do in Palenque

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Tzimol

— 1 night
Tzimol is a town and one of the 119 Municipalities of Chiapas, in southern Mexico.As of 2010, the municipality had a total population of 14,009, up from 11,925 as of 2005. On the 25th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Tenam Rosario and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada El Chiflon.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tzimol tour planner.

Drive from Palenque to Tzimol in 6 hours. On the 26th (Sun), you're off to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Tzimol

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

San Cristobal de las Casas

— 2 nights
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Tonina has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Tonina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Cristobal Martir, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Templo de Santo Domingo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo del Ambar and then explore the stunning scenery at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Cristobal de las Casas online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Tzimol to San Cristobal de las Casas in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from San Cristobal de las Casas to Cozumel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cozumel, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Cancun

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Scuba Musa. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): cast your line with Scuba Musa, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Balance Cancun, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Interactive Aquarium.

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You can fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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 1st (Sat): delve into the distant past at Kinichna Zona Arqueologica, contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chichen Itza travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Cancun to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Chichen Itza sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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 2nd (Sun), delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tulum trip app.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in January, expect Tulum to be a bit cooler, temps between 78°F and 66°F.

Things to do in Tulum

Spas · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

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.

Chiapas travel guide

4.4
Waterfalls · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Mexico's southernmost state, Chiapas encompasses a relatively compact area that packs quite a punch when it comes to natural attractions. Chiapas tours lead visitors through a mountainous area dotted with pristine lakes, national parks, and friendly pueblos largely unspoiled by mass tourism. The city of San Cristobal acts as a natural base for many Chiapas holidays, featuring everything from centuries-old churches to trendy bars. Day-trip ideas from this lively urban center include tours of nearby Mayan ruins and visits to one of Mexico's remotest biosphere reserves. At the far south of the state, you'll likely have one of the last stretches of the country's relatively undeveloped coastline all to yourself.