23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cozumel
— 3 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
3
Tulum
— 5 nights
Bus to Puerto Juárez, Ferry to Isla Mujeres
4
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Fly to Mahahual
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Mahahual
— 2 nights
Fly
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La Paz
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
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Cancun

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Marlin and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica El Rey.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun itinerary app.

Barcelona, Spain to Cancun is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Barcelona to Cancun. In September, Cancun is a bit warmer than Barcelona - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Cozumel

— 3 nights
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 out of the city life by going to El Paso del Cedral Reef and San Francisco Reef. Discover out-of-the-way places like Explora Caribe and Felipe Xicotencatl Shipwreck. There's more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Paseo El Cedral Reef and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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

You can fly from Cancun to Cozumel in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Tulum

— 5 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and La Playa Xpuha. Take a break from the city and head to Skydiving and Cenote Cristalino. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz and explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tulum driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres

— 2 nights
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then see the vivid underwater world at El Farito.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Spas

Mahahual

— 2 nights
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Tequila Beach Club.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mahahual trip planner.

Getting from Isla Mujeres to Mahahual by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

La Paz

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of La Paz Cathedral and then look for gifts at Casa Parra Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Paz trip planner.

Getting from Mahahual to La Paz by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Mahahual to La Paz, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in La Paz are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Cabo San Lucas

— 5 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Cuadra San Francisco. Get in touch with nature at Santa Maria Beach and Quivira Golf Club. Venture out of the city with trips to San Jose del Cabo (Spas & Parroquia San Jose). The adventure continues: push the limits with an extreme tour, view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Solmar, and explore the striking landscape at Pelican Rock.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas trip builder tool.

You can drive from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in September, expect nights in Cabo San Lucas to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.