26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
3
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Drive
5
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly to Culiacan, Bus to Mazatlan
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Mazatlan
— 3 nights
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Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

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Indianapolis, USA to Tulum is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Indianapolis in December: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 80°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, and then delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chichen Itza trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tulum in December since evenings lows in Chichen Itza dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

Cozumel

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry, and finally delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel and then explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Chichen Itza to Cozumel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Chichen Itza in December, expect Cozumel to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Classes
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

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.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately San Juan Teotihuacan away. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Mexico City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cozumel in December, expect nights in Mexico City to be cooler, around 47°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

San Miguel de Allende

— 3 nights
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Saddle up on the 19th (Sun) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, stroll around El Charco del Ingenio, make a trip to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Histórico Casa de Allende.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende travel route website.

Getting from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Miguel de Allende can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Outdoors · Tours · Classes · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

Puerto Vallarta

— 4 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

Fly from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Miguel de Allende in December, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 82°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

Cabo San Lucas

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cabo San Lucas: San Jose del Cabo (Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery & Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, meet some fierce fish with Cabo Private Guide, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chileno Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas. When traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cabo San Lucas: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Mazatlan

— 3 nights

Pacific Pearl

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at El Faro Mazatlan, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then make a trip to Malecon de Mazatlan. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Las Gaviotas, then kick back and relax at Playa Olas Altas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Mazatlan Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mazatlan road trip planner.

Getting from Cabo San Lucas to Mazatlan by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. When traveling from Cabo San Lucas in December, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Mazatlan: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 58°F at night. On the 31st (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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.