18 days in Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Mexico Itinerary

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18 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Belfast
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  19 h 30 min
1
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
5
Oaxaca
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
6
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Belfast

2
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.
Visit Ruins of Tulum and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Xel-Ha and LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park. There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote and shop like a local with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip planning site .

Belfast, UK to Tulum is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Belfast to Tulum, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Belfast in December, expect Tulum to be much warmer, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, 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
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and Water Spout. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Palancar Reef will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and look for gifts at Diamonds International.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel vacation planner.

Do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Santa Maria Beach and Spas & Wellness. You'll get in some beach time at Playa del Amor and Medano Beach. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Ayla, kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Whimsical Cabo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Cozumel to Cabo San Lucas takes 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. December in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, then get a taste of the local shopping with Abdallahy 4D, and then stroll through Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, look for gifts at Faith Colectiva, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta road trip planner.

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta
Highlights from your plan
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

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.
On the 17th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, hunt for treasures at Mercado Benito Juárez, and then explore the ancient world of Monte Alban.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oaxaca day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Oaxaca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Oaxaca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

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

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and National Palace (Palacio Nacional). Get some historical perspective at Museo del Templo Mayor and Zocalo. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico).

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip planner.

Getting from Oaxaca to Mexico City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in December, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Historic Center (Centro Historico) ©
Historic Center (Centro Historico)

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