15 days in Mexico Itinerary

15 days in Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 30 min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Oaxaca
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 15 min
5
Tulum
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h
7
Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Manchester

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Maria Beach, and then look for gifts at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa del Amor and then view the masterpieces at Golden Cactus Gallery.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manchester to Cabo San Lucas. Traveling from Manchester in January, things will get much hotter in Cabo San Lucas: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

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

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.
On the 10th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, then take in the exciting artwork at Abdallahy 4D, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nuevo Vallarta Beach. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta, and then admire the natural beauty at Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta day trip site .

Getting from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Vallarta can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Highlights from your plan
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

2
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), and finally shop like a local with Coyoacan. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then explore the galleries of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mexico City online road trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, expect Mexico City to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, then steep yourself in history at Mercado Benito Juárez, and finally explore the galleries of Monte Alban.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in January: highs in Oaxaca hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Mercado Benito Juárez
Mercado Benito Juárez

1
night
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 15th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, and then view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso, and then look for gifts at La Llorona.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Tulum takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, Tulum is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Popular historic sites such as El Castillo and Catedral de San Servasio are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chichen Itza: Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village) and Valladolid (Casa de los Venados & Convent de San Bernardino de Siena).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tulum in January since evenings lows in Chichen Itza dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Valladolid, Yucatan Peninsula, Ek Balam, Ek Balam
Highlights from your plan
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Norte, pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalupe Chapel, and then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Chichen Itza to Isla Mujeres takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Chichen Itza in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Isla Mujeres, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Guadalupe Chapel ©
Guadalupe Chapel

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