23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and La Casa de las Hamacas. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Quinta Avenida & Mayan Treasures). Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 6th (Tue) with a shark diving experience. Next up on the itinerary: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Cancun online itinerary planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cancun is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Cancun, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in August; daily highs in Cancun reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Shark Diving
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

3
nights
Isla Mujeres

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Step off the beaten path and head to Punta Sur and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Tortugranja (Turtle Farm), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Norte.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla Mujeres vacation planner .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Tortugranja ©
Tortugranja

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.
On the 10th (Sat), delve into the distant past at El Castillo, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, and then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia.

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

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Chichen Itza takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. August in Chichen Itza sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
La Iglesia ©
La Iglesia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Paraiso and La Llorona. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Sun) at Xel-Ha. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, explore the activities along Grand Cenote, take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum tour planning tool .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in August, with highs in Tulum at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palancar Reef and Spas & Wellness. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Paradise Beach, put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, and stop by Sherwood Depot.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cozumel online route planner .

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by combination of bus, ferry, and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marina Cabo San Lucas and Caboholic Store & Activity Center. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chileno Beach, don't miss a visit to El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End), take in the waterfront activity at Medano Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Cozumel to Cabo San Lucas takes 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Cozumel in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cabo San Lucas, with lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Marina Cabo San Lucas ©
Marina Cabo San Lucas
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Zona Romantica. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuevo Vallarta (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Nuevo Vallarta Beach). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, look for gifts at Sucesos Art-Wear Boutique, and take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Puerto Vallarta can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

2
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 23rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and finally examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia). On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mexico City trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, Mexico City is a bit cooler than Puerto Vallarta - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle

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