15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: London

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stroll through Cozumel Pearl Farm, and then relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel road trip planner.

London, UK to Cozumel is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Cozumel reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Spas

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tulum (Spas, Balam Art On Feathers, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary app.

Drive from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. In December in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tulum
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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 19th (Sat): explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables, and then don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip builder website.

Drive from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in December, Chichen Itza is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

2
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 20th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then stroll through Aluxes. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at La Asuncion, then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Palenque tour itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Palenque in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Aluxes ©
Aluxes
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa Luis Barragan, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For more things to do and more tourist information, read Mexico City journey planning app.

Fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Zocalo
Zocalo

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo Corrientes to see Vallarta Botanical Gardens about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, get outside with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, and examine the collection at Galeria Olinala.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta road trip planning website.

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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

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