14 days in Mexico Itinerary

14 days in Mexico Itinerary

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14 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Oaxaca
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Bus + Ferry:  6​h 30​min
4
Isla Mujeres
— 1 day
Ferry + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
5
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
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.
Head to Caboholic Store & Activity Center and Bella Luca Emporiumfor plenty of shopping. We've included these beaches for you: Playa del Amor and Chileno Beach. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Eclectic Array, enjoy the sand and surf at Medano Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Whimsical Cabo.

To see ratings and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas visit planning site .

New York City, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Cabo San Lucas hover around 77°F and lows are around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Eclectic Array San Jose
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 20th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), and finally browse the different shops at Coyoacan. On your second day here, examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum, then delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally make a trip to Zocalo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mexico City travel route app .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In December, Mexico City is a bit cooler than Cabo San Lucas - with highs of 72°F and lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan

1
night
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, look for gifts at Aripo, then steep yourself in history at Mercado Benito Juárez, and finally explore the ancient world of Monte Alban.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca road trip planning site .

You can fly from Mexico City to Oaxaca in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: highs in Oaxaca hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Mercado Benito Juárez
Mercado Benito Juárez

1
day
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for gifts at Galeria Pau Pao, then look for gifts at Galeria de Arte Mexicano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, and finally delve into the distant past at Punta Sur.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres holiday builder .

Getting from Oaxaca to Isla Mujeres by combination of flight, bus, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Oaxaca to Isla Mujeres is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Oaxaca in December since evenings lows in Isla Mujeres dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon ©
Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon
Pau Pao Desing ©
Pau Pao Desing

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.
For shopping fun, head to MiNiAtUrE art Gallery or Balam Art On Feathers. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Llorona and MexicArte. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 25th (Tue) at Xel-Ha. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Paraiso, and Head underground at Grand Cenote.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip maker website .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Tulum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
nights
Cozumel

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.
Get in touch with nature at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and Palancar Reef. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry and Fishing Charters & Tours. Spend the 27th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel holiday planner .

Do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Fishing Charters & Tours

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