12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip planner

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Cabo San Lucas
— 1 night
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Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
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Mexico City
— 2 nights
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Cozumel
— 1 night
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 3 nights
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Cancun
— 1 night
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Cabo San Lucas

— 1 night
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas day trip planning app.

Richmond, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Richmond to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Richmond in November, with highs in Cabo San Lucas at 82°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:
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Puerto Vallarta

— 2 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): look for gifts at LOD - The Bright Dawn, then take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take a tour by water with Danisha Sport Fishing.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta travel planning site.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In November in Puerto Vallarta, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

Mexico City

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 26th (Fri), examine the collection at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and finally explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Museo del Templo Mayor, then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip maker website.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in November: highs in Mexico City hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:

Cozumel

— 1 night
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.
On the 28th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. In November, Cozumel is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:

Tulum

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Xcaret in Playa del Carmen, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza, then explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, and then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip builder app.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Cancun

— 1 night
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 3rd (Fri): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun visit planner.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cancun, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.