29 days in Mexico Itinerary

29 days in Mexico Itinerary

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29 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4​h 30​min
3
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Puebla
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Palenque
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h
7
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

3
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.
Step out of Cabo San Lucas with an excursion to Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) in San Jose del Cabo--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, look for gifts at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, and partake in some friendly competition at A-maze-in Cabo Race.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas travel itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 10-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Cabo San Lucas is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Philadelphia in July since evenings lows in Cabo San Lucas dip to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
Highlights from your plan
A-maze-in Cabo Race ©
A-maze-in Cabo Race
Fishing Charters & Tours
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

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.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, nightlife, adventure, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

Fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In August in Puerto Vallarta, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

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.
Take a break from San Miguel de Allende with a short trip to Alhondiga de Granaditas in Guanajuato, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, make a trip to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, look and learn at Museo de Astronomia Prehispanica, and look for gifts at Colors.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Vallarta in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Miguel de Allende, with highs around 83°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Alhondiga de Granaditas
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery ©
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan) and Spanish Language Institute - Day Course (in Cuernavaca). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from San Miguel de Allende, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, Spanish Language Institute - Day Course
Highlights from your plan
Spanish Language Institute - Day Course ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
nights
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 12th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Popular Santa Rosa de Lima, then don't miss a visit to Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tonantzintla. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), admire the masterpieces at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, and then see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo).

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puebla trip planner .

Take a bus from Mexico City to Puebla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Puebla, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala, Tonantzintla
Highlights from your plan
Tonantzintla ©
Tonantzintla
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra

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, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aluxes Palenque.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Palenque trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puebla to Palenque in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes Palenque ©
Aluxes Palenque

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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 Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

Find out how to plan Cancun trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Cancun in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Palenque to Cancun is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Cancun are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Punta Sur
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Zipline
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

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: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote, and stop by Kaahal Home Tulum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tulum trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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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, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, stroll through Santa Rosa Wall, and partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

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

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

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