26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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26 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Marseille
Fly:  19 h
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Travel:  3 h 45 min
2
Holbox Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
3
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Tulum
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 45 min
6
Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Merida
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  6 h
9
Palenque
— 1 day
Bus:  3 h
10
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
11
Puerto Escondido
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
12
Oaxaca
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
13
Puebla
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
14
Mexico City
— Few hours
Fly:  3 h 15 min
15
Puerto Vallarta
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Marseille

1
night
Cancun

Cancun
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.
For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip maker website .

Marseille, France to Cancun is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Marseille in January; daily highs in Cancun reach 31°C and lows reach 22°C. You'll set off for Holbox Island on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Holbox Island, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then look for gifts at Lolita Boutique Holbox.

Plan trip to Holbox Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cancun to Holbox Island. January in Holbox Island sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Playa del Carmen is known for theme parks, adventure, wildlife, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, Head underground at Rio Secreto, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Before you visit Playa del Carmen, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Holbox Island to Playa del Carmen. In January, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Rio Secreto ©
Rio Secreto

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cozumel are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Paradise Beach, then view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and then stop by Kaahal Home Tulum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tulum tour planner.

Drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Kaahal Home Tulum ©
Kaahal Home Tulum
Art Gallery Miniature ©
Art Gallery Miniature

1
night
Bacalar

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bacalar trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Bacalar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Tulum in January, expect nights in Bacalar to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe

2
nights
Valladolid

Valladolid ©
One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Casa de los Venados, see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, Head underground at Cenote Zaci, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Servasio, and finally don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Valladolid online travel route planner .

You can drive from Bacalar to Valladolid in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Bacalar in January, Valladolid is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Valladolid

Museums Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados
Cenote Zaci ©
Cenote Zaci
Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem ©

1
night
Merida

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
On the 16th (Thu), sample the fine beverages at Posheria Merida, then explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, and then admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Merida holiday builder app .

You can drive from Valladolid to Merida in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Merida when traveling from Valladolid in January, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Posheria Merida ©
Posheria Merida

1
day
Palenque

Palenque
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 17th (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aluxes Palenque, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Palenque trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Merida to Palenque in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Merida to Palenque. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes ©
Aluxes

3
nights
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): walk around Parque, then make a trip to Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, and then don't miss a visit to Chiapa de Corzo. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Templo de Santo Domingo, browse the exhibits of Arteria Chiapas, and then take in breathtaking views at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in San Cristobal de las Casas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chiapa de Corzo, Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Arteria Chiapas ©
Arteria Chiapas

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nights
Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido ©
Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get great views at Punta Cometa and then kick back and relax at Playa Bacocho. On your second day here, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Playa Zicatela, and then stroll through Santuario La Escobilla.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Escondido trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Cristobal de las Casas to Puerto Escondido in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in January since evenings lows in Puerto Escondido dip to 26°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mazunte
Highlights from your plan
Punta Cometa ©
Punta Cometa
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Zicatela ©
Playa Zicatela

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night
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 22nd (Wed): explore the ancient world of Monte Alban.

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

Traveling by flight from Puerto Escondido to Oaxaca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Escondido in January, expect much colder with lows of 10°C in Oaxaca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Oaxaca

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

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night
Puebla

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puebla attractions planner.

Drive from Oaxaca to Puebla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Oaxaca in January, with highs in Puebla at 26°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra

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hours
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get outside with Ride MB and then learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City driving holiday tool .

Traveling by bus from Puebla to Mexico City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In January in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

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Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Vallarta: Splash of Glass (in Bucerias), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Sayulita) and Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, view the masterpieces at Galleria Dante, and explore the galleries of Ro'Wo Galeria.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in January, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Splash of Glass, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline
Vallarta Botanical Gardens ©
Vallarta Botanical Gardens

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