23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Palenque
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
5
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Cabo San Lucas is known for wildlife, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at Church of Saint Luke, and take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

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

Sydney, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Cabo San Lucas to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
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
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta

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 in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, head outdoors with Bahía de Banderas, and make a trip to Plaza Lazaro Cardenas.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Puerto Vallarta trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Puerto Vallarta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
Highlights from your plan
Bahía de Banderas ©
Bahía de Banderas
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

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 a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Mexico City online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in October, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are cooler (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", and stroll through Aluxes.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Palenque trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Palenque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes ©
Aluxes

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.
On the 15th (Thu), get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Cancun in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Cancun due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Parque de las Palapas ©
El Parque de las Palapas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cancun to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can 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
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the galleries of Balam Art On Feathers, see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Tulum, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xcaret
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, and then stop by I Love Mexico.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by car takes about 2.5 hours. October in Cozumel sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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