17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

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17 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Tomas Spangler Photography Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): ride a horse along Cuadra San Francisco, view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, then view the masterpieces at Whimsical Cabo, and finally fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Cabo San Lucas is minus 17 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit warmer in Cabo San Lucas: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Swim with Dolphins

1
night
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 26th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Uno, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta vacation builder website .

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

2
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Postal, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City tour itinerary builder site .

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 May, with highs in Mexico City at 30°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, head outdoors with Water Spout, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, identify plant and animal life at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and then admire all the interesting features of Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cozumel planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cozumel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Cozumel: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©

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.
Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Xcaret Park in Playa del Carmen, about 56 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 1st (Sat) at Xel-Ha. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary app .

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by combination of ferry and bus takes about 2.5 hours. May in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Adventure Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): delve into the distant past at El Castillo, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chichen Itza travel route website .

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulum in June; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

2
nights
Cancun

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get interesting insight from Selvatica, then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Plaza Las Americas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

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Getting from Chichen Itza to Cancun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June in Cancun, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Selvatica ©
Selvatica
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

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