15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Cancun
— 1 night
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Tulum
— 4 nights
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
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Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
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Cabo San Lucas
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Cancun — 1 night

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.
On the 24th (Sat), fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium, then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun route planning app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cancun is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Cancun, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Cancun is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough 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 26th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza and then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza day trip tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Tulum.
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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: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Zipline, &more). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, don't miss a visit to Tulum Tower, see the interesting displays at Mystika Immersive, and stop by Amore Latino Tulum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tulum trip website.

Take a shuttle from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in December: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 31°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Mexico City.
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Mexico City — 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and admire the landmark architecture of National Palace.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mexico City trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Tulum to Mexico City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tulum to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tulum in December: highs in Mexico City hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mexico City in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Vallarta: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cabo San Lucas.
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Cabo San Lucas — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. On the next day, have unforgettable encounters with Cabo Private Guide, wander the wide-open spaces of Cuadra San Francisco, and then head outdoors with Cabo Dolphins by Cabo Adventures.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip planner.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can 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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