18 days in Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Mexico Itinerary

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18 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Chileno Beach and Medano Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Cuadra San Francisco and Playa del Amor. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End), view the masterpieces at Whimsical Cabo, look for gifts at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas driving holiday planning app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Coyoacan and Arto Otra. Your inner history buff will appreciate Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Zocalo, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center (Centro Historico), and examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Mexico City online day trip planner .

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cabo San Lucas in June, with highs in Mexico City at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Zocalo ©
Zocalo
Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor

1
day
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.
On the 17th (Mon), delve into the distant past at El Castillo, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza visit site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Chichen Itza takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Chichen Itza. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in June: highs in Chichen Itza hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

1
night
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Before you visit Sian Ka'an, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from Chichen Itza to Sian Ka'an with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Parks Wildlife
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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

4
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. Take a break from the city and head to Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 20th (Thu) at Xel-Ha. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, and look for gifts at La Llorona.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tulum trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sian Ka'an to Tulum. In June in Tulum, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, shop like a local with Kukulcan Plaza, then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and finally browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Tortugas, then stop by Plaza Las Americas, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kukulcan Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

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