22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  6 h 45 min
4
Mahahual
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8 h
5
Oaxaca
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  6 h
6
Ciudad Valles
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
La Paz
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
9
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Cancun

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, contemplate the long history of El Rey Archaeological Zone, then get to know the resident critters at Croco Cun Zoo, then see the vivid underwater world at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, and finally whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Cancun is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Barcelona to Cancun due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Barcelona, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Cancun, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Morelos
Highlights from your plan
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
Shark Diving
Zipline

3
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.
Visiting Ecopark Kantun Chi and Shark Diving will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and Skydiving. Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Off-Road Tours in Playa del Carmen, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz, tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tulum trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Ecopark Kantun Chi, Cenote Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
Ecopark Kantun Chi ©
Ecopark Kantun Chi
Shark Diving
Climbing Tours

2
nights
Cozumel

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.
On the 9th (Mon), see the vivid underwater world at Yucab Reef, explore the gorgeous colors at San Francisco Reef, explore the gorgeous colors at Paradise (Paraiso) Reef, then explore the gorgeous colors at El Paso del Cedral Reef, and finally explore the galleries of Galo Art Studio. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Paseo El Cedral Reef, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel), and then get outside with Cozumel Jungle Adventure.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cozumel tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Cozumel are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco Reef ©
San Francisco Reef
El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef

1
night
Mahahual

Mahahual ©
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, catch some excitement at Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya, and then kick back and relax at Pez Quadro Beach Club.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mahahual trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Cozumel to Mahahual in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Cozumel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mahahual, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya ©
Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya
Pez Quadro Beach Club ©
Pez Quadro Beach Club
Spas

1
night
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, browse the exhibits of Galeria Arte de Oaxaca, then delve into the distant past at Monte Alban, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado Benito Juárez.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca online route planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Mahahual to Oaxaca in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mahahual to Oaxaca is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Mahahual in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oaxaca, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Ciudad Valles.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Mercado Benito Juárez
Mercado Benito Juárez

2
nights
Ciudad Valles

Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. On the 13th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Tamtoc Archaeological Site, appreciate the extensive heritage of Huasteca Potosina, and then explore the activities along Balneario de Tambaque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): get outside with MS Xpediciones and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ciudad Valles trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Oaxaca to Ciudad Valles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Ciudad Valles

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tamtoc Archaeological Site, Balneario de Tambaque
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tamtoc Archaeological Site ©
Tamtoc Archaeological Site
MS Xpediciones ©
MS Xpediciones

2
nights
La Paz

La Paz ©
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
On the 15th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa El Coromuel, head off the coast to Isla Espiritu Santo, and then get outside with Playa El Tecolote (Tecolote Beach). Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Malecon, enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Neptune's Finger, and finally have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Paz visit site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ciudad Valles to La Paz in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ciudad Valles to La Paz. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Neptune's Finger
Highlights from your plan
Isla Espiritu Santo ©
Isla Espiritu Santo
Shark Diving
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa del Amor. Visiting Playa Los Cerritos and Cabo Dolphins by Cabo Adventures will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos to see Punta Lobos about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Santa Maria Beach, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in March, expect nights in Cabo San Lucas to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Todos Santos
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Los Cerritos ©
Playa Los Cerritos
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Las Animas. Relax by the water at Los Muertos Beach and Playa Mismaloya. Explore Puerto Vallarta's surroundings by going to Sayulita (Playa Las Cuevas, Playa De Los Muertos, &more) and Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, savor the flavors at Three Hens and a Rooster, head off the coast to Isla Cuale, and enjoy the sea views from Faro de la Calle Matamoros.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta online travel planner.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sayulita, Cabo Corrientes, Swim with Dolphins, Playa Mismaloya
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Swim with Dolphins
Playa Las Animas ©
Playa Las Animas

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