17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

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17 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  7​h 45​min
4
Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  3​h
5
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City day trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Mexico City is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in May, with highs in Mexico City at 30°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Zocalo ©
Zocalo

3
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Chileno Beach and Divorce beach. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Playa del Amor will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de La Enseñanza (Nuestra Señora del Pilar), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take a pleasant ride with Cuadra San Francisco.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cabo San Lucas when traveling from Mexico City in May, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Cuadra San Francisco
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, then get a taste of the local shopping with Abdallahy 4D, then kick back and relax at Nuevo Vallarta Beach, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

Getting from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Swim with Dolphins

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 26th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN, kick back and relax at Playa Lancheros, then delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalupe Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): cast your line with a fishing tour and then stroll through Playa Norte.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres tour builder .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Puerto Vallarta to Isla Mujeres in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

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

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 28th (Tue): explore the ancient world of El Castillo, steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, explore the ancient world of Venus Platform, then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Chichen Itza in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Isla Mujeres, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Chichen Itza, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Grand Cenote and Paradise Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Xel-Ha and Cenote Car Wash. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Beach.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Tulum holiday maker app .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, Tulum is a bit cooler than Chichen Itza - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Palancar Reef and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Beach Cozumel and Santa Rosa Wall. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef.

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

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by combination of bus and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

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