23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
1
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
4
Cozumel
— 5 nights
Ferry
5
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Cancun
— 4 nights
Fly

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Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Los Muertos Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galleria Dante and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. When in Puerto Vallarta, make a side trip to see Splash of Glass in Bucerias, approximately Bucerias away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at Galeria Colectika, and take in the exciting artwork at FireWorks.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 82°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trip

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Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins
4.4
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Spa
Spas
4.6

3
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Mexico City

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Yawi Arte Tradicional. Get some historical perspective at Zocalo and Museo del Templo Mayor. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, contemplate the long history of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), stop by Damajuana Boutique Cervecera, and see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 72°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Mexico City

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Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Specialty Museum
Museo Frida Kahlo
4.4

3
nights
Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sfer IK and Amore Latino Tulum. Spend the 23rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, kick back and relax at Akumal Beach, and stroll through Mayan Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum vacation planner.

Fly from Mexico City to Tulum in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tulum, with highs around 80°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Spa
Spas
4.3

5
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and El Caracol. Do your shopping at Galo Art Studio and Diamonds International. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa Palancar Cozumel Beach Club, see the interesting displays at The Mayan Cacao Company, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Cozumel online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.5

4
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Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Appreciate the collections at Yulunga Arte en Tus Manos and Choco-Story Valladolid. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Playacar Golf Club will get you outdoors. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Chichen Itza (Temple of the Bearded Man, The Ossuary, &more) and Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem (in Valladolid). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the world behind art at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Side Trips

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Chichen Itza ©
Must see
Chichen Itza
4.6
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.7
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Must see
Zipline
4.6

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. Museum-lovers will get to explore Antaras Onix and Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur, Captain Dulche's Museum, &more). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, and walk around arte Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cancun are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

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Playa Norte ©
Beach
Playa Norte
4.5
La Isla Shopping Village ©
World heritage site
La Isla Shopping Village
4.0
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Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins
3.7

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