23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Palenque
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Xpujil Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Tulum
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Zona Romantica. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galleria Dante and Faro de la Calle Matamoros. When in Puerto Vallarta, make a side trip to see Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, approximately Cabo Corrientes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the world behind art at Galeria Colectika, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta travel route builder tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 23- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Melbourne to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Puerto Vallarta, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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Zipline
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

5
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Templo Mayor. Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Teotihuacan Pyramids about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, stroll around Bosque de Chapultepec, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and make a trip to Alameda Central.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mexico City attractions planner.

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in March; daily highs in Mexico City reach 28°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

San Juan Teotihuacan, Yanhuitlan
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo
Zocalo

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Iglesia Santo Domingo. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes.

To see photos and more tourist information, go to the Palenque road trip planning app.

You can fly from Mexico City to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Xpujil Town.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

3
nights
Xpujil Town

Xpujil Town ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Calakmul Archaeological Zone and Calakmul. Get a sense of the local culture at Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil and Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec. Explore Xpujil Town's surroundings by going to Calakmul (Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul & Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul).

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Xpujil Town online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Palenque to Xpujil Town takes 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Xpujil Town. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Xpujil Town

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Calakmul, Calakmul, Xpuhil, Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil ©
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil
Calakmul ©
Calakmul

2
nights
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 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables, then delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, and finally explore the ancient world of Las Monjas. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Ake's Mayan ruins, then delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun, and then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip maker.

You can drive from Xpujil Town to Chichen Itza in 5.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Yaxuna
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Visit Ek Balam and Las Pinturas for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem (in Valladolid) and Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen). There's lots more to do: stroll through Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Amore Latino Tulum, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in March, expect Tulum to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem, Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Ek Balam
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

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