30 days in Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Mexico Itinerary

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30 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 30 min
4
Palenque
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
5
Puebla
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h
9
Toluca
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h
End: Brussels

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 these side-trips from Mexico City: San Juan Teotihuacan (Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 & Palacio de Tepantitla). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary maker.

Brussels, Belgium to Mexico City is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brussels to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

San Juan Teotihuacan
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the dramatic natural features at Palancar Reef, look for gifts at Black Coral Shop, and get outside with Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cozumel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in July; daily highs in Cozumel reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Cenotes Sac Actun & Gran Cenote) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Playa del Carmen road trip planning website .

You can drive from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline

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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire the sheer force of La Asuncion, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", and meet the residents at Aluxes Palenque.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Palenque trip website .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Palenque by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Palenque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puebla.

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
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Puebla: Zona Arqueológica de Cholula (in San Pedro Cholula) and Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), stop by Uriarte Talavera, meet the residents at Africam Safari, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Popular Santa Rosa de Lima.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puebla travel route builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Palenque to Puebla takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Puebla can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tonantzintla, Zona Arqueológica de Cholula
Highlights from your plan
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Tonantzintla ©
Tonantzintla
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra

3
nights
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.
San Miguel de Allende is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, trot along with a tour on horseback, and make a trip to El Jardin.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Puebla to San Miguel de Allende by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Puebla in July, expect nights in San Miguel de Allende to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

3
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, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Los Arcos, stop by Eccentrica, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Miguel de Allende in August, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Zipline
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): partake in some friendly competition at A-maze-in Cabo Race, take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
A-maze-in Cabo Race ©
A-maze-in Cabo Race
Fishing Charters & Tours
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

2
nights
Toluca

Toluca ©
Toluca, officially called Toluca de Lerdo, is the state capital of State of Mexico as well as the seat of the Municipality of Toluca. Change things up with these side-trips from Toluca: Zona Arqueologica Malinalco (in Malinalco) and Ixtapan de la Sal (Spas & Parque Acuatico). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Toluca, admire the striking features of Los Portales de Toluca, explore the world behind art at Museo Del Barro, and take in nature's colorful creations at Cosmovitral Jardin Botanico.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Toluca trip itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cabo San Lucas to Toluca. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Toluca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cabo San Lucas in August, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Toluca: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Toluca

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ixtapan de la Sal, Zona Arqueologica Malinalco, Museo Del Barro
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Toluca ©
Catedral de Toluca
Zona Arqueologica Malinalco ©
Zona Arqueologica Malinalco
Cosmovitral Jardin Botanico ©
Cosmovitral Jardin Botanico

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