15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Des Moines

1
night
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
On the 16th (Sat), look for gifts at Sucesos Art-Wear Boutique, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then take a leisurely stroll along Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Vallarta Botanical Gardens and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta day trip planning website .

Des Moines, USA to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. In November, Puerto Vallarta is much hotter than Des Moines - with highs of 86°F and lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Luke, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then get a taste of life in the country at Cuadra San Francisco. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End), then take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and then take in the exciting artwork at Whimsical Cabo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
Highlights from your plan
Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Postal, and finally see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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 appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City tour builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in November: highs in Mexico City hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Water Spout, and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then identify plant and animal life at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and then explore and take pictures at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cozumel journey planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Cozumel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in November: high temperatures in Cozumel hover around 81°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Xcaret Park (in Playa del Carmen) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 24th (Sun) at Xel-Ha. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, get outside with Cenote Tak Be Ha, and look for gifts at La Llorona.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tulum attractions planning website .

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by combination of ferry and bus takes about 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Xcaret, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret

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.
On the 27th (Wed), delve into the distant past at El Castillo, then contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tulum in November since evenings lows in Chichen Itza dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

2
nights
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 28th (Thu): delve into the distant past at El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey), then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village. Here are some ideas for day two: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip site .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Cancun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in November, Cancun is a bit cooler at night with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

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