20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cancun
— 2 nights
2
Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
4
Cozumel
— 3 nights
5
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
6
Mexico City
— 1 night
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
8
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights

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.
On the 29th (Tue), have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, explore the ancient world of Scorpion’s Temple, then see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun, and finally examine the collection at Cancun Wax Museum. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the vivid underwater world at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, stroll through Playa Delfines, and then stop by PLAZA PARTY.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun online visit planner.

Cardiff, UK to Cancun is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Cardiff to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cardiff in December, things will get much warmer in Cancun: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Shark Diving
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

1
night
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hacienda Mundaca, then delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel, and finally stop by Galeria de Arte Mexicano.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres visit website.

Traveling by ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Hacienda Mundaca ©
Hacienda Mundaca
Guadalupe Chapel ©
Guadalupe Chapel

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Paradise Beach and Mayan Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and Shark Diving. Step out of Tulum with an excursion to Aktun Chen in Akumal--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Gran Cenote.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Tulum takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Tulum are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Aktun Chen
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Shark Diving
Climbing Tours

3
nights
Cozumel

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.
Do your shopping at BALAM Art Painted on Feathers and Gallery Azul. Escape the urban bustle at Paradise Beach Cozumel and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Santa Rosa Wall, explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef, kick back and relax at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, and examine the collection at The Mayan Cacao Company.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cozumel trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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The Mayan Cacao Company ©
The Mayan Cacao Company
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

2
nights
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stop by Galeria Tierra Quemada, steep yourself in history at Monte Alban, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Arte de Oaxaca, and finally see the interesting displays at Oaxaca Textile Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and then examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca trip maker tool.

Getting from Cozumel to Oaxaca by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cozumel in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oaxaca, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Soumaya, then explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and then visit Coyoacan.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City tour planner.

You can fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
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Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Museo Soumaya ©
Museo Soumaya
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan

2
nights
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 10th (Sun): look for gifts at Jewelry Aviles, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Vallarta. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Nuevo Vallarta Beach and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in January; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
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Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach

4
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.
Visit Chileno Beach and Santa Maria Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cabo Dolphins by Cabo Adventures. Step out of Cabo San Lucas to go to San Jose del Cabo and see Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Amor, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and examine the collection at Museo de Historia Natural.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas road trip planning site.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach

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