16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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16 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Knoxville

2
nights
Cancun

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Here are some ideas for day two: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Plaza Las Americas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cancun trip itinerary planner .

Knoxville, USA to Cancun is an approximately 10-hour flight. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Knoxville in November: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 83°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Ruins of Tulum and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Visiting Paradise Beach and Xel-Ha will get you outdoors. There's more to do: stroll through Akumal Beach and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum travel planner .

Drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Tulum are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, explore the ancient world of El Castillo, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip planning app .

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chichen Itza, with lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Coyoacan and Yawi Arte Tradicional. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mexico City trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Mexico City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chichen Itza to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chichen Itza in November, plan for slightly colder days in Mexico City, with highs around 72°F, while nights are colder with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
On the 11th (Mon), look for gifts at Colors, get a taste of the local shopping with Mr Poster, take in the exciting artwork at Bordello Galeria, then take in the exciting artwork at Casa Michoacana, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fabrica La Aurora. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at La Esquina Mexican Toy Museum, see the interesting displays at Mask Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Casa Verde, then shop like a local with Josefina Membrila Fine Art, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, and finally admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende trip app .

You can drive from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in San Miguel de Allende can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
Museo La Esquina ©
Museo La Esquina

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.
Visiting Cuadra San Francisco and Playa del Amor will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Chileno Beach and Medano Beach. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End), cast your line with a fishing tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Miguel de Allende to Cabo San Lucas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cabo San Lucas when traveling from San Miguel de Allende in November, with lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
Highlights from your plan
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Fishing Charters & Tours
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas

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