18 days in Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Mexico Itinerary

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18 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Lucknow
Fly:  30​h
1
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 day
4
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Lucknow

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta online trip itinerary builder .

Lucknow, India to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lucknow to Puerto Vallarta is minus 11 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lucknow in December: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

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

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December, with highs in Mexico City at 26°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Zocalo ©
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, then make a trip to Chichen Itza, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza day trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Chichen Itza in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Mexico City in December, you will find days in Chichen Itza are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are much warmer (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo, and look for gifts at MexicArte.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tulum journey builder site .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in December, with highs in Tulum at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, stop by Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry, and admire the masterpieces at Galo Art Studio.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cozumel trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In December in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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