29 days in Mexico Itinerary

29 days in Mexico Itinerary

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29 days in Mexico Itinerary

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

2
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.
On the 5th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun travel route tool .

Marseille, France to Cancun is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Marseille to Cancun, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Marseille in January; daily highs in Cancun reach 31°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

2
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of La Choza de Fito, explore the activities along Yalahau Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Coco Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Holbox.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Holbox Island attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Cancun to Holbox Island with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Holbox Island can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island
Spas

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Playa del Carmen holiday planning website .

Explore your travel options from Holbox Island to Playa del Carmen with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

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

few
hours
Cozumel

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.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cozumel are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and then stop by Kaahal Home Tulum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tulum road trip planner .

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Tulum are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
Bacalar

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe.

Plan a Bacalar trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Bacalar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Tulum in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bacalar, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can 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

1
night
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): explore the world behind art at Casa de los Venados, examine the collection at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Zaci, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Servasio, and finally make a trip to Palacio Municipal.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Valladolid online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Bacalar to Valladolid takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Valladolid when traveling from Bacalar in January, with lows around 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.
Start off your visit 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.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Merida trip planner .

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Merida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Merida. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Merida

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

1
night
Palenque

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

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Palenque tour itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Merida to Palenque takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Merida to Palenque due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough 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

2
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stroll around Parque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, and then make a trip to Chiapa de Corzo. On your second day here, examine the collection at Templo de Santo Domingo, then view the masterpieces at Arteria Chiapas, and then take in breathtaking views at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Cristobal de las Casas trip simple and quick.

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. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time 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 is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Santuario La Escobilla, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Zicatela, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico Universidad del Mar campus, then kick back and relax at Playa Bacocho, and then kick back and relax at Playa Carrizalillo.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Escondido travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Cristobal de las Casas to Puerto Escondido in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Puerto Escondido. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santuario La Escobilla
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Zicatela ©
Playa Zicatela
Playa Bacocho ©
Playa Bacocho

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.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, admire the striking features of Basilica de la Soledad, don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua, and delve into the distant past at Monte Alban.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Oaxaca travel planner .

Fly from Puerto Escondido to Oaxaca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect cooler evenings in Oaxaca when traveling from Puerto Escondido in January, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua

1
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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puebla sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Oaxaca to Puebla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, Puebla is a bit cooler than Oaxaca - with highs of 26°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) 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

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 25th (Sat), head outdoors with Ride MB and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip planner .

You can take a bus from Puebla to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) 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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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Sayulita) and Splash of Glass (in Bucerias). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, step off the mainland to explore Los Arcos, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta journey planner .

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in January, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 31°C and lows at 19°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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