15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  31 h
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Oaxaca
— 1 day
Fly:  5 h
3
Nuevo Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Tulum
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
6
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  28 h
End: Cape Town

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.
Appreciate the collections at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Whimsical Cabo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa del Amor and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Divorce beach, go for a stroll along the water at Medano Beach, and stop by Ayla.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas online day trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in August, with highs in Cabo San Lucas at 37°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, and finally explore the ancient world of Monte Alban.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Oaxaca in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Oaxaca. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in August, plan for much colder nights in Oaxaca, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Nuevo Vallarta.

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
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.
On the 8th (Wed), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Los Arcos, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, then don't miss a visit to The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Nuevo Vallarta trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Nuevo Vallarta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nuevo Vallarta, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Puerto Vallarta
Highlights from your plan
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

1
night
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 (Fri), head outdoors with Paradise Beach and then explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): see the vivid underwater world at Columbia Reef and then kick back and relax at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park.

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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. The time zone difference when traveling from Nuevo Vallarta to Cozumel is 1 hour. In August in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Cenote and then kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours.

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You can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tulum are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tulum

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

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tortugranja (Turtle Farm), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel, and then stroll through Playa Norte. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Isla Mujeres attractions planning app .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

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