28 days in Mexico Itinerary

28 days in Mexico Itinerary

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28 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  24 h
1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Cancun
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h
5
Palenque
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, adventure, beaches, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, stop by Sherwood Depot, and partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Cozumel is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Cozumel. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, get outside with Cenote Tak Be Ha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tulum route planner .

You can drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In December in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chichen Itza side-trips: Ecopark Xtut (in Temozon), Valladolid (Zazil Tunich, Cenote Xkeken, & more) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village). There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza and take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tulum in January since evenings lows in Chichen Itza dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valladolid, Ecopark Xtut, Ek Balam
Highlights from your plan
Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Punta Sur). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and contemplate the long history of El Rey Archaeological Zone.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cancun route planning site .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cancun when traveling from Chichen Itza in January, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

3
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha, examine the collection at Museo Del Textil, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aluxes Palenque.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Palenque travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cancun to Palenque takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Palenque is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

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

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, and delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City online travel route planner .

Getting from Palenque to Mexico City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Explore San Miguel de Allende's surroundings by going to Queretaro City (Room Escape Games & Convento de Santa Clara). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, get engrossed in the history at Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Jardin, and browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in San Miguel de Allende, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Queretaro City
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery ©
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Charco del Ingenio ©
El Charco del Ingenio

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
On the 18th (Sat), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Art in Amber, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Miguel de Allende in January, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Art in Amber
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Swim with Dolphins

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