17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

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17 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Cabo San Lucas
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
4
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Sao Paulo

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 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, then ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and finally examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia). Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, then explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then make a trip to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City driving holiday planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Mexico City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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 19th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally head off the coast to Los Arcos. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica and then stroll through Playa de los Muertos.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta day trip planning site .

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in July: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Los Muertos Beach ©
Los Muertos Beach
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Caboholic Store & Activity Center, then look for gifts at Eclectic Array, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End). Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke, put a fun spin on your tour with A-maze-in Cabo Race, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chileno Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
A-maze-in Cabo Race ©
A-maze-in Cabo Race
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Palancar.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel road trip site .

Getting from Cabo San Lucas to Cozumel by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Cozumel is 2 hours. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 26°C in Cozumel. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Clear Lounge Cozumel ©
Clear Lounge Cozumel

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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 25th (Wed) at Xel-Ha. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, make a trip to Plastic Flamingo, shop like a local with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and Head underground at Grand Cenote.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. July in Tulum sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza and then delve into the distant past at El Castillo.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza online vacation builder .

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in July: high temperatures in Chichen Itza hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

3
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.
Step out of Cancun to go to Playa del Carmen and see Quinta Avenida, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan, and stop by Plaza Las Americas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cancun sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Cancun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Quinta Avenida
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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