13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Mexico City
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
— 3 nights


Cabo San Lucas — 3 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.
When in Cabo San Lucas, make a side trip to see Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo, approximately San Jose del Cabo away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco, tee off at Palmilla Golf Club, and stop by La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time is minus 12.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cabo San Lucas, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Puerto Vallarta.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Jardin Magico, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stroll around Alameda Central, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, stop by MAM Boutique, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at National Palace, then don't miss a visit to Zocalo, then browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City day trip planning website.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 26°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cozumel.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cozumel tour itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cozumel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in December, you will find days in Cozumel are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are much warmer (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tulum.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas
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Tulum — 3 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Zona Arqueologica de Coba (in Coba) and Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, don't miss a visit to Tulum Tower, admire the masterpieces at Mystika Immersive, and look for gifts at La Llorona.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Tulum trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
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Mexico travel guide

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.