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
2
Oaxaca
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
3
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Cabo San Lucas
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
5
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h
8
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  15 h 30 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.
On the 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, then explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), and finally make a trip to Paseo de la Reforma.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Mexico City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Mexico City is minus 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mexico City are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez, and finally don't miss a visit to Monte Alban.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in July: highs in Oaxaca hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Mercado Benito Juárez
Mercado Benito Juárez

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Los Arcos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nuevo Vallarta Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta itinerary builder website .

Getting from Oaxaca to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Puerto Vallarta when traveling from Oaxaca in July, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach

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 22nd (Sun): view the masterpieces at Whimsical Cabo, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Chileno Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Divorce beach, then go for a stroll along the water at Medano Beach, and then stop by Ayla.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Medano Beach ©
Medano Beach

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Tue), get outside with Paradise Beach and then explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Cozumel takes 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. 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 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 the city and head to Playa Paraiso and Grand Cenote. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yal-ku Lagoon and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 26th (Thu) at Xel-Ha. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Tulum are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Yal-ku Lagoon
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Gran Cenote ©
Gran Cenote

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 29th (Sun), explore the ancient world of El Castillo, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, and then explore the ancient world of Las Monjas.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chichen Itza online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in July, expect Chichen Itza to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Las Monjas ©
Las Monjas

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel, then make a splash at Garrafon Natural Reef Park, and then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres sightseeing tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Chichen Itza to Isla Mujeres takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Guadalupe Chapel ©
Guadalupe Chapel

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