17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip itinerary planner

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Mexico City
— 3 nights
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Puebla
— 1 night
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Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): take a stroll through Historic Center (Centro Historico) and then make a trip to Paseo de la Reforma.

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Porto Alegre, Brazil to Mexico City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to Mexico City. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Porto Alegre in December: highs in Mexico City hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Puebla

— 1 night

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
On the 7th (Tue), meet the residents at Africam Safari and then pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra. On the next day, enjoy some diversion at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) and then examine the collection at Museo Amparo.

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Getting from Mexico City to Puebla by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Puebla are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Puerto Vallarta

— 4 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Step out of Puerto Vallarta to go to Cabo Corrientes and see Vallarta Botanical Gardens, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, head off the coast to Marietas Islands, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta online trip planner.

You can fly from Puebla to Puerto Vallarta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Puebla in December, you will find days in Puerto Vallarta are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are much warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Tulum.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:

Tulum

— 2 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Xcaret and then explore the gorgeous colors at Akumal Ecological Guides. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower, explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, and then explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Tulum by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Tulum is 1 hour. In December in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Chichen Itza

— 2 nights
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 15th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza and then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man. On the next day, Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Cozumel

— 2 nights
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 17th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel, and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip itinerary site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Chichen Itza to Cozumel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, Cozumel is slightly colder than Chichen Itza - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Mexico City

City of Palaces

Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City road trip website.

Fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Cozumel in December, plan for slightly colder days in Mexico City, with highs around 26°C, while nights are colder with lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Tours
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Highlights from your trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.