24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Fly to Cancun, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 6 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive
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Palenque
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly

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Cozumel

— 2 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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, and kick back and relax at Playa Palancar Cozumel Beach Club.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel road trip website.

Paris, France to Cozumel is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in August; daily highs in Cozumel reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Tulum

— 6 nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Skydiving, Xcaret, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, Head underground at Gran Cenote, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum journey site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
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 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil and then contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Chichen Itza driving holiday planner.

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulum in August; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 39°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Calakmul

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Calakmul.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Calakmul road trip planning website.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Calakmul in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Palenque

— 3 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Palenque trip app.

You can drive from Calakmul to Palenque in 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Calakmul to Palenque. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Mexico City

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Azucar.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Palenque to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Cabo San Lucas

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) in San Jose del Cabo (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas. When traveling from Mexico City in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cabo San Lucas: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Vallarta

— 3 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Step out of Puerto Vallarta to go to Punta de Mita and see Punta Mita Golf Course, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, head off the coast to Marietas Islands, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · 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.