11 days in Mexico Itinerary

11 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico route planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Cancun
— 1 day
Drive
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tulum
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Cozumel
— 1 night
Ferry

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Cancun

— 1 day
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary tool.

Playa del Carmen to Cancun is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

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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 activities along Cenote Ik kil and then make a trip to Chichen Itza.

Before you visit Chichen Itza, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.
Paradise Beach has been added to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Quinta Avenida, Xcaret, &more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tulum Tower, and explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip builder website.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in December, expect Tulum to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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), get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, then take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Tulum to Puerto Vallarta takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. December in Puerto Vallarta sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

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Mexico City

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 18th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then make a trip to Zocalo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Mexico City day trip planner.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December; daily highs in Mexico City reach 26°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

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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 20th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Find out how to plan Cozumel trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cozumel: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
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Highlights from your trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
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.