22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Cancun

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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone.

Plan trip to Cancun with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Sydney, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 15 hours. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cancun: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
Highlights from your plan
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Zipline, Xcaret, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, make a trip to Plastic Flamingo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chichen Itza in September; daily highs in Tulum reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

3
nights
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Paseo El Cedral Reef, enjoy the sea views from Punta Molas Faro, and partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, examine the collection at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and look for gifts at Origen Mexico Artesanias.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Cozumel to Mexico City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cozumel in October, things will get a bit cooler in Mexico City: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, make a trip to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Puerto Vallarta, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Chileno Beach, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

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