21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
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Cozumel
— 1 night
Ferry
2
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Bus to Merida, Fly to Mexico City
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Drive
5
San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly to Tampico, Bus to Ciudad Valles
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Ciudad Valles
— 2 nights
Drive
9
San Luis Potosi
— 3 nights
Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC

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Cozumel

— 1 night
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 19th (Sat), look for gifts at Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry.

For reviews and more tourist information, read our Cozumel day trip website.

Washington DC, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. In June in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Playa del Carmen

— 3 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Casa Cenote, Gran Cenote, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Playa del Carmen itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 1.5 hours. In June in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 24th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil and then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in June, with highs in Chichen Itza at 91°F and lows at 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Mexico City

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Mexico City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chichen Itza to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Chichen Itza in June, plan for little chillier days in Mexico City, with highs around 76°F, while nights are colder with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

San Miguel de Allende

— 2 nights
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Divino, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. On the next day, make a trip to El Jardin, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fabrica La Aurora, and then get lost in a book at Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel de Allende.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende journey builder.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Mexico City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Miguel de Allende, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas

Puerto Vallarta

— 2 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
On the 30th (Wed), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, and then view the masterpieces at OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then look for gifts at Sucesos Art-Wear Boutique, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta tour itinerary site.

Fly from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 76°F in Puerto Vallarta. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Cabo San Lucas

— 3 nights
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.
Cabo San Lucas is known for wildlife, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, partake in some friendly competition at A-maze-in Cabo Race, stop by La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and kick back and relax at Chileno Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip planner.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ciudad Valles.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Fun & Games

Ciudad Valles

— 2 nights
Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. On the 5th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Desarrollo Ecoturistico Ejidal Indigena Pame Puente de Dios and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huasteca Potosina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the design of El Jardin Hidalgo and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Ciudad Valles road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cabo San Lucas to Ciudad Valles takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Ciudad Valles due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Luis Potosi.

Things to do in Ciudad Valles

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

San Luis Potosi

— 3 nights
On the 7th (Wed), make a trip to Centro de las Artes de San Luis Potosi Centenario, then explore the world behind art at Museo Leonora Carrington, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of San Luis Potosi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): examine the collection at Museo Del Ferrocarril Jesus Garcia Corona, then see the interesting displays at Museo Laberinto, and then walk around Parque Tangamanga.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Luis Potosi trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Ciudad Valles to San Luis Potosi in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Luis Potosi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

San Luis Potosi travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Waterfalls · Gardens
Home to ancient cultures that inhabited modern-day Mexico long before the arrival of colonialists, the northern Mexican state of San Luis Potosi celebrates its rich history. Founded on the back of a gold rush in 1592, the state, and its capital city of the same name, enjoyed prosperity, which can still be seen in the striking colonial architecture on a San Luis Potosi itinerary. Situated between three of Mexico's biggest cities, the state holds an important place as one of the country's key trading routes. Most of the state sits on the Mexican plateau, with a tropial valley around the Tampaon River in the east.