26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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26 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h 15 min
2
Mazatlan
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Cancun
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv

2
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.
Head to Caboholic Store & Activity Center and Feinstein Jewelryfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Chileno Beach and Medano Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) in San Jose del Cabo (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Amor and stop by Arte de Origen.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas day trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. August in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
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Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) ©
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)

1
night
Mazatlan

Mazatlan ©
Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Angela Peralta Theater (Teatro Angela Peralta), take a stroll through Old Mazatlan, and then kick back and relax at Playa Olas Altas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Brujas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Playa Las Gaviotas.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mazatlan tour planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Mazatlan takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. In August in Mazatlan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Olas Altas ©
Playa Olas Altas
Old Mazatlan ©
Old Mazatlan

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de los Muertos and Bucerias. Take a break from the city and head to Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Playa Las Animas. There's more to do: take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk and get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta travel planner.

You can fly from Mazatlan to Puerto Vallarta in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In August in Puerto Vallarta, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Las Animas, Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Bucerias
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Los Muertos Beach ©
Los Muertos Beach
Bucerias ©
Bucerias
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

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.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Frida Kahlo Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo del Templo Mayor and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), steep yourself in history at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico).

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mexico City road trip app .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Puerto Vallarta in August, with highs in Mexico City at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Cozumel.

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
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

3
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Palancar. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Chen Rio, get your game on at Clear Lounge Cozumel, and see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel online travel route planner .

You can fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in August, with highs in Cozumel at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Paraiso and Akumal Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Ruins of Tulum and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 25th (Sat) at Xel-Ha. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, Head underground at Grand Cenote, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and look for gifts at Mixik.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. August in Tulum sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the ancient world of El Castillo and then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip planning website .

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 August, expect Chichen Itza to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

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.
Visiting La Isla Shopping Village and Playa Norte will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Delfines and Playa Tortugas. Step out of Cancun to go to Playa del Carmen and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, shop like a local with Kukulcan Plaza, look for gifts at Plaza Las Americas, and hunt for treasures at Mercado 28.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun itinerary app .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Cancun are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Norte, Kukulcan Plaza, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

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