15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  27​h
1
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Oaxaca
— 1 day
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  26​h
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, shop like a local with Abdallahy 4D, and then stroll through Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Galeria Olinala, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in November, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 35°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta
Highlights from your plan
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa del Amor and Chileno Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Medano Beach. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Luke, and look for gifts at Whimsical Cabo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

1
day
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, and finally contemplate the long history of Monte Alban.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Oaxaca visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Oaxaca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Oaxaca is 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Oaxaca when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in November, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Climbing Tours and Plastic Flamingo. MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Balam Art On Feathers are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 8th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Paraiso, Head underground at Grand Cenote, and look for gifts at La Llorona.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tulum day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Tulum in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Oaxaca in November since evenings lows in Tulum dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours

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.
On the 10th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and then see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then get outside with Paradise Beach.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Cozumel trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cozumel are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel

2
nights
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
On the 12th (Mon), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Isla Brewing Company, pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalupe Chapel, then delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, and finally meet the residents at Tortugranja (Turtle Farm). On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Norte.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Cozumel to Isla Mujeres takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In November in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Isla Brewing Company ©
Isla Brewing Company

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