15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  29 h
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
3
Nuevo Vallarta
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Tulum
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  27 h
End: Johannesburg

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa del Amor and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from the city and head to Chileno Beach and Medano Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Divorce beach, take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and look for gifts at Whimsical Cabo.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas driving holiday planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
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 5th (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), and finally wander the streets of Coyoacan. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Mexico City driving holiday site .

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in December; daily highs in Mexico City reach 26°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nuevo Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

1
night
Nuevo Vallarta

Nuevo Vallarta ©
A planned resort community with one of Mexico's highest concentrations of hotels, Nuevo Vallarta caters to international tourists with its luxurious restaurants, charming marinas, and long stretches of sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nuevo Vallarta Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Nuevo Vallarta trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Nuevo Vallarta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in December, with highs in Nuevo Vallarta at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Columbia Reef and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Rosa Wall and Palancar Reef. Spend the 9th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cozumel road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nuevo Vallarta to Cozumel takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nuevo Vallarta to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. December in Cozumel sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

4
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.
Visit Mayan Beach and Playa Paraiso for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruins of Tulum and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Tue) at Xel-Ha. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the activities along Grand Cenote, and stop by La Llorona.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum vacation planner .

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by combination of taxi, ferry, and bus takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach

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