16 days in Mexico Itinerary

16 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Drive
2
La Paz
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Mahahual
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Mahahual
— 1 day
Drive
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Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cancun
— 1 night
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Cabo San Lucas

— 3 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Reflections of Cabo and Whimsical Art Cabo. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa del Amor and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Santa Maria Beach.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary builder app.

Melbourne, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -17 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in November, things will get a bit warmer in Cabo San Lucas: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

La Paz

— 2 nights
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): look for gifts at Casa Parra Gallery, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Balandra Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla Espiritu Santo and then stroll through Balandra Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in La Paz, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Cozumel

— 2 nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nudo Marineri and Galo Art Studio Cozumel Art. Escape the urban bustle at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and Paradise Beach Cozumel. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Palancar Reef.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from La Paz to Cozumel by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from La Paz to Cozumel. When traveling from La Paz in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cozumel: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Mahahual

— 1 day
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maya Chan Beach.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mahahual trip builder website.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Mahahual in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Cozumel in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mahahual: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Tulum

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cenotes Sac Actun and Aktun Chen. Head to Kaahal Home Tulum and Art Gallery Miniaturefor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, stroll through Mayan Beach, delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Taak Bi Ha.

Plan trip to Tulum with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Mahahual to Tulum in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Mahahual, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cancun

— 1 night
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.
On the 29th (Fri), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and then take a stroll around Casa de Cultura Cancun.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cancun online attractions planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cancun are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

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.