15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  26 h
1
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
2
La Paz
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Ek Balam Village
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Tulum
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  27 h
End: Johannesburg

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 1st (Thu): examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, then browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of 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 don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Reforma.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City day trip site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Mexico City is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and tram. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Mexico City is minus 8 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in November; daily highs in Mexico City reach 26°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor

1
night
La Paz

La Paz ©
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Balandra Beach, look for gifts at Casa Parra, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Migrino.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz travel route planning tool .

Fly from Mexico City to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to La Paz. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in November; daily highs in La Paz reach 36°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Migrino
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Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach
Casa Parra Gallery ©
Casa Parra Gallery

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa del Amor and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chileno Beach and Church of Saint Luke. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Medano Beach, look for gifts at Ayla, view the masterpieces at Whimsical Cabo, and shop like a local with La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in November, you will find days in Cabo San Lucas are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno 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.
On the 7th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at El Castillo, then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, and finally delve into the distant past at Kinichna.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chichen Itza visit planning site .

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Chichen Itza in 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. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kinichna
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Las Monjas ©
Las Monjas
Kinichna ©
Kinichna

1
night
Ek Balam Village

Ek Balam Village
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of X'Canche Cenote and then delve into the distant past at Ek Balam.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ek Balam Village sightseeing planner .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Ek Balam Village by car takes about an hour. In November in Ek Balam Village, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
X'Canche Cenote ©
X'Canche Cenote

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ruins of Tulum and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mayan Beach and Ziggy Beach. When in Tulum, make a side trip to see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso, look for gifts at La Llorona, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and Head underground at Grand Cenote.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum road trip planning app .

Getting from Ek Balam Village to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Ek Balam Village in November, Tulum is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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