30 days in Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Mexico Itinerary

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30 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h
1
Mazatlan
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Acapulco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Dallas

1
night
Mazatlan

Mazatlan ©
Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
On the 1st (Sun), enjoy the sea views from El Faro Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Gaviotas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Angela Peralta Theater (Teatro Angela Peralta), then wander the streets of Old Mazatlan, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Olas Altas.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mazatlan online journey planner .

Dallas, USA to Mazatlan is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to Mazatlan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in September, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Olas Altas ©
Playa Olas Altas
Old Mazatlan ©
Old Mazatlan

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.
Get outdoors at Chileno Beach and Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach). Head to Caboholic Store & Activity Center and Feinstein Jewelryfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa del Amor, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End), and stop by Eclectic Array.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Mazatlan to Cabo San Lucas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. September in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
Highlights from your plan
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Palacio de Bellas Artes will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo del Templo Mayor and Frida Kahlo Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center (Centro Historico).

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Mexico City trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in September, things will get slightly colder in Mexico City: highs are around 73°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Acapulco.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

4
nights
Acapulco

Acapulco ©
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Pie de la Cuesta and Playa Condesa. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Icacos and Playa Revolcadero. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Barra Vieja Beach, look for gifts at La Isla Acapulco Shopping Village, and explore and take pictures at La Quebrada.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Acapulco trip app .

You can fly from Mexico City to Acapulco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Mexico City in September, expect Acapulco to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Pie de la Cuesta ©
Playa Pie de la Cuesta
Barra Vieja Beach ©
Barra Vieja Beach
Playa Condesa ©
Playa Condesa

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Zona Romantica and The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de los Muertos and Playa Las Animas. When in Puerto Vallarta, make a side trip to see Nuevo Vallarta Beach in Nuevo Vallarta, approximately 34 minutes away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Bucerias.

For photos and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip maker app .

Getting from Acapulco to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Puerto Vallarta can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Bucerias, Playa Las Animas
Highlights from your plan
Los Muertos Beach ©
Los Muertos Beach
Bucerias ©
Bucerias
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Delfines and Playa Tortugas. Get a sense of the local culture at La Isla Shopping Village and El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey). Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Playa Norte (in Isla Mujeres) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Playa del Carmen). The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, look for gifts at Plaza Las Americas, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cancun sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Cancun are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa Norte
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the ancient world of El Castillo and then steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

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 outdoors at Playa Paraiso and Grand Cenote. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruins of Tulum and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 24th (Tue) at Xel-Ha. There's still lots to do: stroll through Akumal Beach, stop by La Llorona, take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tulum online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in September: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 85°F and lows are around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palancar Reef. Relax by the water at Playa Palancar and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cozumel Pearl Farm, explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, and get your game on at Clear Lounge Cozumel.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. September in Cozumel sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

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