13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Tulum
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  6 h
3
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Playa del Carmen is known for theme parks, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, look for gifts at Fernando Rodriguez, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen travel route builder .

Houston, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Houston in February; daily highs in Playa del Carmen reach 80°F and lows reach 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Zipline
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

1
night
Tulum

Tulum ©
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 27th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and then stop by Kaahal Home Tulum. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip maker site .

Traveling by bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Tulum, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Mexico City

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip builder tool .

Getting from Tulum to Mexico City by combination of bus, ferry, and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tulum in February: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 75°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Change things up with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, make a trip to Glass Gallery EM, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Puerto Vallarta when traveling from Mexico City in March, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline
Vallarta Botanical Gardens ©
Vallarta Botanical Gardens

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