15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
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Mexico City
— 2 nights
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Cozumel
— 1 night
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Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
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Tulum
— 3 nights
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Cancun
— 2 nights
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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.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, adventure, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Ro'Wo Galeria, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta trip builder website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) 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 27th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo. On the next day, make a trip to Alameda Central, browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, then get a sense of history and politics at National Palace, and finally stop by MAM Boutique.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City trip planner.

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, things will get a bit cooler in Mexico City: highs are around 26°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight 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 29th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip 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 moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cozumel, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Playa del Carmen.
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Playa del Carmen — 3 nights

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Spend the 31st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Tulum.
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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.
Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Zona Arqueologica de Coba in Coba, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, admire the masterpieces at Mystika Immersive, and stop by Amore Latino Tulum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tulum trip planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Tulum, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Chichen Itza.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza tour itinerary maker app.

You can take a shuttle from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chichen Itza when traveling from Tulum in January, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Cancun.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and then don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cancun online trip builder.

Take a shuttle from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chichen Itza in January since evenings lows in Cancun dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Mexico travel guide

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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.
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