24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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24 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Medicine Hat
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Mahahual
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Oaxaca
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
8
Nuevo Vallarta
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Medicine Hat

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chileno Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll get in some beach time at Playa del Amor and Santa Maria Beach. There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Medano Beach, view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, stop by Ayla, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas tour planner.

Medicine Hat, Canada to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 16-hour flight. In December, Cabo San Lucas is much warmer than Medicine Hat - with highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

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

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.
Visit Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Museo del Templo Mayor for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Palacio de Bellas Artes. There's much more to do: make a trip to Zocalo, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City online travel planner .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City. In January, Mexico City is little chillier than Cabo San Lucas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe ©

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and Playa Palancar. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palancar Reef and Playa Punta Chiqueros. Spend the 5th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Paradise Beach and have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip planning tool .

You can fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in January: highs in Cozumel hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel

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.
Visiting Playa Paraiso and Xel-Ha will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grand Cenote and La Llorona. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tulum day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

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
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.
Popular historic sites such as Ek Balam and El Castillo are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ek Balam and Chichen Itza archaeological site. Venture out of the city with trips to Valladolid (Casa de los Venados, Convent de San Bernardino de Siena, & more).

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Chichen Itza. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Valladolid, Ek Balam, Ek Balam
Highlights from your plan
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

2
nights
Mahahual

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.
On the 14th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Mahahual Beach. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Tony's Pizza on the Beach, then stroll through Maya Chan Beach, and then look for gifts at Diamonds International.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mahahual online road trip planner .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Mahahual in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mahahual when traveling from Chichen Itza in January, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Diamonds International
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mahahual Beach ©
Mahahual Beach

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, and finally explore the ancient world of Monte Alban.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Oaxaca online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mahahual to Oaxaca takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Oaxaca when traveling from Mahahual in January, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nuevo Vallarta.

Things to do in Oaxaca

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, then look for gifts at Eccentrica, and finally kick back and relax at Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the world behind art at OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nuevo Vallarta visit planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Nuevo Vallarta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nuevo Vallarta when traveling from Oaxaca in January, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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

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