10 days in Mexico Itinerary

10 days in Mexico Itinerary

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10 days in Mexico Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly + bus:  11​h
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Cancun
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
San Francisco

3
days
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Akumal Beach and Playa Paraiso. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at MexicArte and Mixik. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 24th (Sun) at Xel-Ha. There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Ruinas Mayas de Tulum.

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San Francisco, USA to Tulum is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Tulum hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Xel-Ha, Akumal Beach
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
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Playa Paraiso

1
day
Cancun

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 27th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

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Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines
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Playa Tortugas
Plaza Las Americas ©
Plaza Las Americas

2
days
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), and finally take a stroll through Coyoacan. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Templo Mayor Museum, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then make a trip to Zocalo, and finally see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Mexico City. Traveling from Cancun in December, you will find days in Mexico City are little chillier (72°F), and nights are much colder (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

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Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan
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Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
days
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 31st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, and then take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk. On your second day here, stop by Faith Colectiva and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bucerias.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Puerto Vallarta is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bucerias
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Bucerias ©
Bucerias
Faith Colectiva
Faith Colectiva

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