22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Cancun, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly
3
San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Palenque
— 2 nights
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Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Merida, Bus to Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly

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Cozumel

— 2 nights
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.
Spend the 21st (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of Cozumel Pearl Farm. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef, and get outside with Playa Azul.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel road trip tool.

Edinburgh, UK to Cozumel is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Cozumel. Traveling from Edinburgh in July, you will find days in Cozumel are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are much hotter (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Puerto Vallarta

— 3 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

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You can fly from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July in Puerto Vallarta, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll around El Charco del Ingenio, see the interesting displays at Museo La Esquina, view the masterpieces at Mr Poster, then look for gifts at Abrazos San Miguel, and finally admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Fabrica La Aurora, then make a trip to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to El Jardin.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in July, expect nights in San Miguel de Allende to be cooler, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
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 still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, and see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City planning website.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in July, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Palenque

— 2 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Palenque trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Palenque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the activities along Cenote Kax Ek.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chichen Itza online road trip planner.

Getting from Palenque to Chichen Itza by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Palenque to Chichen Itza, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tulum

— 5 nights
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, Zipline, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tulum road trip planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in August: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Cancun

— 3 nights
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 7th (Sat): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28, then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Cancun sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Adventure

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.