22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Cancun, Bus to Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive
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Xpujil Town
— 1 night
Drive to Chetumal International Airport, Fly to Oaxaca
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Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Puebla
— 3 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Xichen by Xcaret. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): go sightseeing with Xichen by Xcaret, contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, then explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ossuary. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, then take a stroll through Felipe Carrillo Puerto, and finally delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip planner.

London, UK to Chichen Itza is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in February; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tulum Archaeological Site and Ek Balam. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and Las Pinturas. Go for a jaunt from Tulum to Playa del Carmen to see Xcaret about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum online road trip planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, Tulum is little chillier than Chichen Itza - with highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Xpujil Town.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Xpujil Town

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): delve into the distant past at Chicanna Archaeological Zone, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec, and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Xpujil Town road trip planning app.

You can drive from Tulum to Xpujil Town in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Xpujil Town

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oaxaca

— 2 nights
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.
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and Capilla Del Senor De Tlacolula will appeal to history buffs. Explore Oaxaca's surroundings by going to Yagul (in Tlacolula), Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo (in Ocotlan de Morelos) and Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles (in San Martin Tilcajete). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, take in the exciting artwork at Casa Don Taurino, get a taste of the local shopping with Porfirio Gutierrez, and examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Xpujil Town to Oaxaca. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Museo del Templo Mayor and Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan capture your imagination. Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mexico City holiday planner.

Fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Oaxaca, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a shuttle to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Puebla

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Amparo and Casa de la Musica de Viena en Puebla. Get some cultural insight at Tonantzintla and Zona Arqueologica de Kabah. Get out of town with these interesting Puebla side-trips: San Pedro Cholula (Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, Museo de Sitio de Cholula, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), contemplate the long history of Pasaje Historico del 5 de Mayo, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Titere y Marionetas Mexicanas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo San Francisco Acatepec.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puebla driving holiday website.

Traveling by shuttle from Mexico City to Puebla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Puebla

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Zona Romantica will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galleria Dante and A Broken Art. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, stop by Lucy's CuCu Cabana, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Puebla to Puerto Vallarta in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Puebla in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Puerto Vallarta, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.