15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Cozumel
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
5
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Manchester

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 12th (Thu): explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cozumel driving holiday planner .

Manchester, 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 train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. In July, Cozumel is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Visit Museo del Templo Mayor and National Palace (Palacio Nacional) for their historical value. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, don't miss a visit to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, and delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cozumel to Mexico City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cozumel in July, with highs in Mexico City at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Chileno Beach and Playa del Amor. Get in touch with nature at Medano Beach and Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach). Next up on the itinerary: partake in some friendly competition at A-maze-in Cabo Race, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in July, you will find days in Cabo San Lucas are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much hotter (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
Highlights from your plan
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) ©
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): delve into the distant past at El Castillo, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chichen Itza attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Chichen Itza takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
Highlights from your plan
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.
Visiting Playa Paraiso and Akumal Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Ruins of Tulum and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 21st (Sat) at Xel-Ha. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Grand Cenote.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in July, things will get slightly colder in Tulum: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 24th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, then delve into the distant past at El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey), and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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