26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico visit planner

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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
— 4 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
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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, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Cozumel Pearl Farm, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel online trip builder.

Findon, UK to Cozumel is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Findon to Cozumel. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Findon in August; daily highs in Cozumel reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Skydiving, Xcaret, &more). Spend the 10th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, laugh and play at Parque De Cenotes Yax-Muul, contemplate the waterfront views at Parque Dos Ojos, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tulum trip planner.

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. In August in Tulum, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil and then make a trip to Chichen Itza.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza route planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, Chichen Itza is somewhat warmer than Tulum - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Calakmul

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Calakmul.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Calakmul trip builder.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Calakmul by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Palenque driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Calakmul to Palenque in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mexico City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Palenque to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta day trip planning website.

Getting from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in August: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cabo San Lucas

— 4 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 out of Cabo San Lucas with an excursion to Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) in San Jose del Cabo--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Amor, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and kick back and relax at Chileno Beach.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas online journey planner.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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.