13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Accra
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Cancun
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Cozumel
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
5
Cabo San Lucas
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: Accra

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then stop by Plaza Las Americas.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cancun journey planning website .

Accra, Ghana to Cancun is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Accra to Cancun. While traveling from Accra, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cancun, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
Plaza Las Americas ©
Plaza Las Americas

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
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 4th (Sat): explore the ancient world of El Castillo, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, and then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

3
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Paraiso and Akumal Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruins of Tulum and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 6th (Mon) at Xel-Ha. There's more to do: Head underground at Grand Cenote.

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

Drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in August, with highs in Tulum at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cozumel trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Cozumel

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas ©
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 9th (Thu): look for gifts at Arte de Origen, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach), and then stroll through Chileno Beach. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Luke and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Amor.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Cozumel to Cabo San Lucas in 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Cozumel in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cabo San Lucas, with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
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Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) ©
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)

2
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Museo del Templo Mayor. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Frida Kahlo Museum. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Zocalo, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center (Centro Historico).

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mexico City trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in August, you will find days in Mexico City are little chillier (28°C), and nights are cooler (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo ©
Zocalo

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