19 days in Mexico Itinerary

19 days in Mexico Itinerary

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19 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Belfast
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  9 h 15 min
4
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Cozumel
— 1 night
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Belfast

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): delve into the distant past at El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey) and then stroll through Playa Delfines.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cancun trip builder tool .

Belfast, UK to Cancun is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Cancun is minus 5 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Belfast in December: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

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.
Get some cultural insight at Ruins of Tulum and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Relax by the water at Akumal Beach and Ziggy Beach. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 8th (Sat) at Xel-Ha. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Cenote, and stop by La Llorona.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tulum trip planner .

Drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, 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
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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.
On the 11th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip planner .

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in December, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa del Amor and Bay of Cabo San Lucas. Take a break from the city and head to Chileno Beach and Medano Beach. There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Chichen Itza to Cabo San Lucas takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chichen Itza to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. In December, Cabo San Lucas is a bit cooler than Chichen Itza - with highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Museo del Templo Mayor. Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Frida Kahlo Museum. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, get a taste of the local shopping with Coyoacan, take a stroll through Historic Center (Centro Historico), and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mexico City journey site .

Getting from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in December, things will get a bit cooler in Mexico City: highs are around 26°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo
Zocalo

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall and then delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cozumel vacation planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Cozumel to be much hotter, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©

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