30 days in Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico sightseeing planner

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Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Valladolid
— 3 nights
Shuttle
4
Holbox Island
— 2 nights
Unknown
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Bacalar
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Chetumal
— 1 night
Drive
8
Palenque
— 7 nights
Drive
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Campeche
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Merida
— 1 night
Fly
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Cancun
— 1 night
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Cancun

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Mercado 28, go for a walk through Av Kukulkan, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cancun tour planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Cancun is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Brussels in November; daily highs in Cancun reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Playa del Carmen

— 3 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Spend the 4th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Xaman Ha Aviary, explore the world behind art at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen road trip planning app.

Drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Valladolid

— 3 nights

Sultana of the East

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.
Step out of Valladolid to go to Ek Balam Village and see Ek Balam, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Xkopek Parque Apicola, shop like a local with Casa de los Venados, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De San Servacio, and explore the striking landscape at Cenote Zaci.

Discover how to plan a Valladolid trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Valladolid when traveling from Playa del Carmen in November, with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Holbox Island

— 2 nights
For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Holbox Island online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by shuttle from Valladolid to Holbox Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Valladolid in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Holbox Island, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, and take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Holbox Island to Tulum. In November, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Bacalar

— 2 nights
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. On the 16th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bacalar holiday maker tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Tulum to Bacalar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in November, you will find days in Bacalar are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Chetumal.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Chetumal

— 1 night
Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. On the 18th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museum de la cultura maya and then take in the pleasant sights at Malecon de Chetumal.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chetumal vacation website.

You can drive from Bacalar to Chetumal in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Chetumal are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Chetumal

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Palenque

— 7 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Villahermosa (Mirador de las Aguilas & Parque Museo La Venta), Tonina (in Ocosingo) and El Santuario de Los Girasoles (in Balancan). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Palenque trip planning site.

Getting from Chetumal to Palenque by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Campeche

— 2 nights
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stop by Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Campeche, then make a trip to Centro Cultural Casa No. 6, then get engrossed in the history at Centro Cultural "El Palacio" (Museo de Fortificaciones, Comercio y Navegación), and finally contemplate the long history of Puerta de Tierra. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Fuerte-Museo San Miguel, then admire the landmark architecture of Zona Arquelogica Edzna, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Independencia, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Malecon de Campeche.

Plan my day in Campeche using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Palenque to Campeche takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Campeche. In November, daily temperatures in Campeche can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Merida

— 1 night
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 28th (Sun): admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral de Merida, and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Grande.

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

Traveling by car from Campeche to Merida takes 2.5 hours. November in Merida sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites

Cancun

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): cool off at Float Fun Cancun, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Cancun driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Merida to Cancun takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Merida in November, plan for little chillier days in Cancun, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.