26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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26 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Puerto Escondido
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
Bus:  6​h 30​min
5
Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Cancun
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Havana, Cuba

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mexico City tour builder website .

Los Angeles, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mexico City, with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Sat), examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then admire the striking features of Basilica de la Soledad, and finally explore the ancient world of Monte Alban. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Geoparque Mixteca Alta, make a trip to Zocalo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Oaxaca road trip tool .

You can fly from Mexico City to Oaxaca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Geoparque Mixteca Alta
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Basilica de la Soledad ©
Basilica de la Soledad

1
night
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. On the 18th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Zicatela, look for gifts at Central Surf Shop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Angelito Beach. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at El Mercado and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bacocho.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Escondido travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in June, Puerto Escondido is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Zicatela ©
Playa Zicatela
Playa Bacocho ©
Playa Bacocho
Central Surf Shop ©
Central Surf Shop

2
nights
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 20th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo, then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls, and then don't miss a visit to Palenque ruinas. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Aluxes Ecoparque, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Palenque holiday app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Escondido to Palenque takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes Palenque ©
Aluxes Palenque

1
night
Bacalar

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 22nd (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Bacalar and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar. On the next day, choose your vessel at Amir AdvenTours.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bacalar trip planner .

You can drive from Palenque to Bacalar in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Palenque to Bacalar, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Bacalar are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Amir AdvenTours ©
Amir AdvenTours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at El Castillo, and then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Bacalar to Chichen Itza in 3.5 hours. In June in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Las Monjas ©
Las Monjas

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xcaret Park (in Playa del Carmen). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Akumal Beach.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tulum tour planner .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in June, with highs in Tulum at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xcaret
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

4
nights
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.
Spend the 29th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, identify plant and animal life at Palancar Reef, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. June in Cozumel sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

5
nights
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.
Take a break from Cancun with a short trip to Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres, about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 6th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, go for a walk through Av Kukulkan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad, and buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cancun online holiday builder .

Fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Norte
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Scuba & Snorkeling

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