16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
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Mexico City
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
Fly
3
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly to Culiacan, Bus to Mazatlan
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Mazatlan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Cancun
— 3 nights
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Mexico City

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and National Palace (Palacio Nacional). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, admire the landmark architecture of Capilla del Senor de la Humildad, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa Luis Barragan.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mexico City road trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Mexico City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Mexico City when traveling from San Jose in May, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

San Juan Teotihuacan

— 1 night
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Teotihuacan Pyramids, then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, and then explore the ancient world of Palacio de Tepantitla.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Juan Teotihuacan holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites

Cabo San Lucas

— 2 nights
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 9th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Church of Saint Luke and then kick back and relax at Medano Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach, then kick back and relax at Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach), and then take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas tour builder tool.

Getting from San Juan Teotihuacan to Cabo San Lucas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. Traveling from San Juan Teotihuacan to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mazatlan

— 2 nights

Pacific Pearl

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Mazatlan Cathedral, stroll through Playa Olas Altas, and then stop by Old Mazatlan.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mazatlan trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cabo San Lucas to Mazatlan in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Mazatlan. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá will appeal to history buffs. We've included these beaches for you: Paradise Beach and Mayan Beach. The adventure continues: stroll through Akumal Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tulum Beach.

Before you visit Tulum, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Mazatlan to Tulum in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
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 17th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at La Iglesia.

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Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer than Tulum - with highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Cancun

— 3 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Isla Shopping Village and Zona Arqueologica El Rey. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Delfines and Playa Tortugas. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Interactive Aquarium and hunt for treasures at Mercado 28.

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Getting from Chichen Itza to Cancun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in May, you will find days in Cancun are a bit cooler (35°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.