25 days in Mexico & Colombia Itinerary

25 days in Mexico & Colombia Itinerary

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25 days in Mexico & Colombia Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Bus:  25​h
1
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Oaxaca, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
5
Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Minca, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
On the 29th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Ambarte, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Playa del Carmen is minus 15 hours. In February, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen ©
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen
Ambarte ©
Ambarte

3
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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 San Francisco Reef and El Paso del Cedral Reef. The Mayan Cacao Company and Museo de la Isla de Cozumel will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yucab Reef, browse the exhibits of Galo Art Studio, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel).

To see photos, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cozumel are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco Reef ©
San Francisco Reef
El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef
Shark Diving

3
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Take a break from the city and head to LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park and Shark Diving. Explore hidden gems such as Ziggy Beach and Plastic Flamingo. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach, stop by MexicArte, and see the vivid underwater world at Two Eyes Cenote.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
Shark Diving
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

3
nights
Oaxaca, Mexico

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Playa Del Amor. Visit Yagul and Basilica de la Soledad for their historical value. Step out of Oaxaca to go to Zaachila and see Zona Arqueologica Zaachila, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Alvarez Bravo Photographic Center, take in the exciting artwork at Voces de Copal, look for gifts at Antiga by VM, and categoryPhrases.phrase.deepen_your_appreciation_for_local_ecosystems_through Coyote Aventuras.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tulum to Oaxaca in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tulum to Oaxaca due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tulum in March, expect nights in Oaxaca to be a bit cooler, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yagul, Zona Arqueologica Zaachila, Playa Del Amor, Santa Maria de la Asuncion
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Playa Del Amor ©
Playa Del Amor
Zona Arqueologica Zaachila ©
Zona Arqueologica Zaachila

4
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Take a break from the city and head to 2000m Descent and more and Balloon Rides. Get some cultural insight at Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol and Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Medellin: Museo Historico Casa de la Convencion de Rionegro (in Rionegro) and Guatape (ALTITUDE, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de la Memoria, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get curious at Museo del Agua EPM, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Medellin takes 12 hours. Traveling from Oaxaca to Medellin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Oaxaca in March, plan for little chillier days in Medellin, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Minca.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Guatape, Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol, Museo Historico Casa de la Convencion de Rionegro
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen

2
nights
Minca, Colombia

Minca ©
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get outside with Pozo Azul, look for all kinds of wild species at El Dorado Bird Reserve, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Cacao de Minca. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Minca day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Minca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, Minca is somewhat warmer than Medellin - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Minca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Bird Reserve ©
El Dorado Bird Reserve
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Museo del Cacao de Minca ©
Museo del Cacao de Minca

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night
Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Tayrona National Park ©
On the 17th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tayrona National Park route planning app .

You can drive from Minca to Tayrona National Park in 1.5 hours. March in Tayrona National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Blanca and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and La Ermita del Cabrero - Iglesia Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Castillo de Salgar (in Puerto Colombia) and Playa Puntilla (in Isla Baru). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, wander the streets of Barrio Getsemani, and make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena day trip app .

Drive from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena in 5 hours. In March in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Castillo de Salgar
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Getsemani ©
Barrio Getsemani
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

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