22 days in Mexico, Central America & United States Itinerary

22 days in Mexico, Central America & United States Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico, Central America & United States Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cozumel, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Mobile, United States
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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 27th (Sun): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, step off the mainland to explore Los Arcos, and then don't miss a visit to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, push the limits with an extreme tour, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Manchester to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in October; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, browse the exhibits of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City road trip planning app .

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in October, expect nights in Mexico City to be much colder, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, then stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Aurora Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and then make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Antigua travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Antigua takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Antigua, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd., explore the striking landscape of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and get outside with Rum Punch II.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Pedro online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in November, with highs in San Pedro at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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 6th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Galo Art Studio and then visit a coastal fixture at Punta Molas Faro.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip builder site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro to Cozumel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from San Pedro to Cozumel is 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

4
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more), Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, shop like a local with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Tulum trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. November in Tulum sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Chichen Itza
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Cancun, Mexico

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and then delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cancun road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November in Cancun, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mobile.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Parque de las Palapas ©
El Parque de las Palapas

3
nights
Mobile, United States

Mobile ©
Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County, Alabama, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, take an in-depth tour of Battleship USS ALABAMA, then don't miss a visit to Fairhope Avenue, then stroll the grounds of Confederate Rest Cemetery, and finally walk around Bienville Square. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Sweet Home Farm, then get engrossed in the history at Holmes Medical Museum, then walk around Fairhoper's Community Park, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Middle Bay Lighthouse.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mobile holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to Mobile takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Mobile due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cancun in November: highs in Mobile hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mobile

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fairhope, Sweet Home Farm, Confederate Rest Cemetery, Holmes Medical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Battleship USS ALABAMA ©
Battleship USS ALABAMA
Fairhope Avenue ©
Fairhope Avenue
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ©

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