23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Punta Sur and Guadalupe Chapel. Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Norte.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Isla Mujeres trip itinerary maker tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Isla Mujeres is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Isla Mujeres. Traveling from Sao Paulo in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Isla Mujeres: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Cancun
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of El Castillo, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, and finally delve into the distant past at Las Monjas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza holiday tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Chichen Itza in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary
Las Monjas ©
Las Monjas

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.
You'll explore and learn at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Paraiso and Mayan Beach. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 9th (Fri) at Xel-Ha. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum and Head underground at Grand Cenote.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the 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 August, things will get little chillier in Tulum: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palancar Reef and Paradise Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Santa Rosa Wall will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel driving holiday site .

Do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cozumel are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Nuevo Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

1
night
Nuevo Vallarta

Nuevo Vallarta ©
A planned resort community with one of Mexico's highest concentrations of hotels, Nuevo Vallarta caters to international tourists with its luxurious restaurants, charming marinas, and long stretches of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, and finally head off the coast to Los Arcos.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nuevo Vallarta trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cozumel to Nuevo Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Nuevo Vallarta. August in Nuevo Vallarta sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Puerto Vallarta
Highlights from your plan
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

2
nights
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 16th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Isla Espiritu Santo and then kick back and relax at Balandra Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Migrino.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Paz day trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Nuevo Vallarta to La Paz in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nuevo Vallarta to La Paz, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nuevo Vallarta in August, expect nights in La Paz to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 44°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Migrino
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Isla Espiritu Santo ©
Isla Espiritu Santo
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa del Amor and Medano Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Golden Cactus Gallery. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach, stroll through Divorce beach, view the masterpieces at Whimsical Cabo, and stop by Ayla.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from La Paz, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cabo San Lucas, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Frida Kahlo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Museo del Templo Mayor and National Palace (Palacio Nacional) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center (Centro Historico), don't miss a visit to Zocalo, and step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in August: highs in Mexico City hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Historic Center (Centro Historico) ©

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