20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

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20 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ek Balam Village
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h
5
Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Bogota

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Playa Punta Chiqueros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): get outside with Paradise Beach and then explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel route planner .

Bogota, Colombia to Cozumel is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, ferry, and taxi. While traveling from Bogota, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cozumel, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Paraiso and Mayan Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and Head underground at Grand Cenote.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Tulum trip builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Ek Balam Village

Ek Balam Village
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): Head underground at X'Canche Cenote and then delve into the distant past at Ek Balam.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ek Balam Village trip maker site .

Drive from Tulum to Ek Balam Village in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
X'Canche Cenote ©
X'Canche 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 2nd (Fri), make a trip to Chichen Itza, then explore the ancient world of El Castillo, then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, and finally explore the ancient world of Kinichna.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza travel planner .

Drive from Ek Balam Village to Chichen Itza in an hour. In November in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kinichna
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Las Monjas ©
Las Monjas
Kinichna ©
Kinichna

1
night
Isla Mujeres

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Norte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel, and then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Isla Mujeres day trip planning app .

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. Expect little chillier evenings in Isla Mujeres when traveling from Chichen Itza in November, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Guadalupe Chapel ©
Guadalupe Chapel

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and National Palace (Palacio Nacional). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zocalo. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, take a stroll through Coyoacan, examine the collection at Museo Tamayo, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Mexico City travel planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Isla Mujeres to Mexico City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Isla Mujeres to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Isla Mujeres, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

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

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Chileno Beach and Playa del Amor. Step off the beaten path and head to Medano Beach and Whimsical Cabo. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Golden Cactus Gallery, and stop by La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas route app .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Cabo San Lucas, with highs around 32°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Playa de los Muertos. Step out of Puerto Vallarta to go to Nuevo Vallarta and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, get interesting insight from Tours, and head off the coast to Los Arcos.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Vallarta can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta
Highlights from your plan
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez, and finally contemplate the long history of Monte Alban. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Centro Fotografico Alvarez Bravo and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Oaxaca journey tool .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Oaxaca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oaxaca when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in November, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

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