24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico tour itinerary planner

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Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Drive
2
La Paz
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Puerto Escondido
— 1 night
Fly
4
Zihuatanejo
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive
6
Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
Drive
7
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ek Balam Village
— 2 nights
Drive to Cancún International Airport, Fly to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 5 nights
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Cabo San Lucas

— 3 nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Chileno Beach and Playa del Amor. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Marina Cabo San Lucas. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Santa Maria Beach, look for gifts at Ayla, go for a stroll along the water at Medano Beach, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas trip planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Cabo San Lucas at 77°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

La Paz

— 2 nights
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
On the 20th (Thu), stroll through Balandra Beach, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Isla Espiritu Santo, enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach, and then make a trip to Kiosco del Malecon.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Paz trip planner.

You can drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in La Paz when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in December, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Escondido

— 1 night
Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Coral, tour the water at your own pace with Los Reyes Sportfishing Charters, and then hunt for treasures at El Mercado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Escondido trip maker tool.

Fly from La Paz to Puerto Escondido in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Mexican Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in December; daily highs in Puerto Escondido reach 85°F and lows reach 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Zihuatanejo.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Transportation

Zihuatanejo

— 3 nights
Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa La Madera and Playa Blanca. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Vista Hermosa and Museo Arqueologico de la Costa Grande. When in Zihuatanejo, make a side trip to see Cielo Zapoteco in Ixtapa, approximately Ixtapa away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through El Refugio de Potosi and take in the waterfront at Paseo de Pescador.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Zihuatanejo online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Puerto Escondido to Zihuatanejo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Zihuatanejo sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Mahahual.

Things to do in Zihuatanejo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mahahual

— 1 night
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Malecon, enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach, then stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, and finally stop by Diamonds International Costa Maya. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then head outdoors with Yaya Beach.

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Fly from Zihuatanejo to Mahahual in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Zihuatanejo to Mahahual, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Mahahual, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Sian Ka'an

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and then kick back and relax at Punta Soliman Beach.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sian Ka'an itinerary app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mahahual to Sian Ka'an. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Parque Los Fundadores and La Playa Xpuha. Step off the beaten path and head to Climbing Tours and Las Pinturas. Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, and view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Miniature.

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

Explore your travel options from Sian Ka'an to Tulum with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Tulum are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ek Balam Village

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at X'Canche Cenote, make a trip to Ek Balam, and then explore the galleries of Cenote Hubiku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de los Santos Reyes and then explore the fascinating underground world of Balankanche Cave.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ek Balam Village trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Tulum to Ek Balam Village in 2 hours. Traveling from Tulum in January, Ek Balam Village is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cozumel

— 5 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Mayan Cacao Company and Playa Chen Rio. Take a break from the city and head to Chankanaab Reef and Playa Punta Chiqueros. Step out of Cozumel with an excursion to Captain Dulche's Museum in Isla Mujeres--about 3h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Columbia Reef, explore the world behind art at Galo Art Studio Cozumel Art, go deep with a submarine tour, and experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel holiday builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Ek Balam Village to Cozumel with the Route module. Traveling from Ek Balam Village in January, things will get slightly colder in Cozumel: highs are around 78°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side 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.