24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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24 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+4
subway + bus + Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
La Paz
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Puerto Escondido
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Zihuatanejo
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h
5
Mahahual
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Sian Ka'an
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Ek Balam Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Cozumel
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa del Amor and Medano Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Santa Maria Beach. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chileno Beach, look for gifts at Ayla, take in the waterfront activity at Marina Cabo San Lucas, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas online route planner .

Washington DC, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cabo San Lucas. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Cabo San Lucas at 77°F and lows at 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach

2
nights
La Paz

La Paz ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Balandra Beach, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Isla Espiritu Santo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Kiosco del Malecon.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Paz vacation app .

Traveling by car from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in December, plan for little chillier nights in La Paz, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Nuevo Vallarta.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Balandra Beach
Highlights from your plan
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach
Shark Diving
Isla Espiritu Santo ©
Isla Espiritu Santo

1
night
Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through Playa Coral, get a new perspective on things with Los Reyes Sportfishing Charters, and then hunt for treasures at El Mercado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Escondido trip site .

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Puerto Escondido takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Puerto Escondido is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in December: high temperatures in Puerto Escondido hover around 85°F and lows are around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Zihuatanejo.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
El Mercado ©
El Mercado

3
nights
Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo ©
Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Blanca and Playa Vista Hermosa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Archaeological Museum of the Great Coast. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa La Madera, see the interesting displays at Peter Gray Art Museum, take in the waterfront at Paseo de Pescador, and look for gifts at Cielo Zapoteco.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zihuatanejo trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Escondido to Zihuatanejo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Zihuatanejo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ixtapa
Highlights from your plan
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Refugio de Potosi ©
El Refugio de Potosi

1
night
Mahahual

Mahahual ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Malecon, enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, and finally look for gifts at Diamonds International. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get outside with Yaya Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahahual day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Zihuatanejo to Mahahual takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. December in Mahahual sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Diamonds International
Highlights from your plan
Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yaya Beach ©
Yaya Beach

1
night
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Soliman Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sian Ka'an vacation maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mahahual to Sian Ka'an. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Punta Soliman Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

3
nights
Tulum

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 the city and head to Climbing Tours and Mayan Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Parque Los Fundadores and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and La Playa Xpuha (in Xpu-Ha). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and explore the ancient world of Las Pinturas.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tulum journey maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sian Ka'an to Tulum. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Los Fundadores, La Playa Xpuha, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park

2
nights
Ek Balam Village

Ek Balam Village
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): Head underground at X'Canche Cenote, then explore the ancient world of Ek Balam, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Hubiku. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de los Santos Reyes, then explore the ancient world of El Castillo, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Balankanche Cave.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Ek Balam Village journey builder .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Ek Balam Village takes 2 hours. Traveling from Tulum in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ek Balam Village, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Santuario de los Santos Reyes, Cenote Hubiku
Highlights from your plan
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Hubiku ©
Cenote Hubiku
X'Canche Cenote ©
X'Canche Cenote

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galo Art Studio and San Miguel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Columbia Reef and Playa Chen Rio. Go for a jaunt from Cozumel to Isla Mujeres to see Captain Dulche's Museum about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Playa Punta Chiqueros, look for all kinds of wild species at Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve, see the vivid underwater world at Chankanaab Reef, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel online tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Ek Balam Village to Cozumel in 4 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ek Balam Village in January; daily highs in Cozumel reach 78°F and lows reach 66°F. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Captain Dulche's Museum
Highlights from your plan
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Playa Chen Rio ©
Playa Chen Rio
Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve ©
Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve

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