23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 30​min
4
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Visit Chileno Beach and Playa del Amor for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Medano Beach and Whimsical Cabo. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Flores jewelry, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, taxi, and bus. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Melbourne to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: high temperatures in Cabo San Lucas hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

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.
You'll explore and learn at Galeria Uno and OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales. The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Zona Romantica will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Vallarta: Nuevo Vallarta (Nuevo Vallarta Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Vallarta, look for gifts at Eccentrica, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta vacation planner.

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 November, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta
Highlights from your plan
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, hunt for treasures at Mercado Benito Juárez, and then delve into the distant past at Monte Alban. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, then head outdoors with The Water Boils, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Oaxaca route planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Oaxaca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Oaxaca, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

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 4th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza and then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza archaeological site, delve into the distant past at El Castillo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Servasio, and finally contemplate the long history of Convent de San Bernardino de Siena.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Chichen Itza in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca to Chichen Itza, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer evenings in Chichen Itza when traveling from Oaxaca in December, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valladolid
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Convent of San Bernardino of Siena ©
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.
Ruins of Tulum and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Balam Art On Feathers. Step out of Tulum to go to Coba and see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Caleta Tankha Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum trip planner .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chichen Itza in December; daily highs in Tulum reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palancar Reef and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. Spend the 10th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cozumel trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. December in Cozumel sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Museo del Templo Mayor and Zocalo will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center (Centro Historico), ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cozumel in December: highs in Mexico City hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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