30 days in Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Mexico Itinerary

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30 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
6
Mazatlan
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 45 min
7
La Paz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Cancun

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.
Let the collections at Mayan Museum of Cancun and Cancun Wax Museum capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Delfines and Shark Diving. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Cancun online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern Standard Time is minus 15 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cancun are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
Highlights from your plan
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Shark Diving
Spas

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 some cultural insight at 3D Museum of Wonders and Art Gallery Miniature. Take a break from the city and head to Paradise Beach and Gran Cenote. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Little Bali & Off-Road Tours) and Aktun Chen (in Akumal). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the striking features of Sfer IK, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tulum online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Aktun Chen
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palancar Reef and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Santa Rosa Wall. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get outside with Paradise Beach Cozumel, look for gifts at Gallery Azul, and see the vivid underwater world at Columbia Reef.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and then delve into the distant past at Monte Alban. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Galeria Tierra Quemada, see the interesting displays at Oaxaca Textile Museum, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Benito Juárez, and finally explore the galleries of Galeria Arte de Oaxaca.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Oaxaca itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cozumel to Oaxaca in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel to Oaxaca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cozumel, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Oaxaca, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

4
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.
Visit Old Vallarta and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe for their historical value. Do your shopping at Galeria Colectika and KUALI. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Vallarta: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Sayulita) and Nuevo Vallarta Beach (in Nuevo Vallarta). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, browse the eclectic array of goods at Flea Markets, and get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta route planner.

Fly from Oaxaca to Puerto Vallarta in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Oaxaca in February: highs in Puerto Vallarta hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Plaza Machado and El Faro Lighthouse. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Zipline. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mazatlan Cathedral, stop by Old Mazatlan, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Mazatlan, and don't miss a visit to Malecon.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mazatlan online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in February, Mazatlan is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Machado ©
Plaza Machado
Kayaking & Canoeing
Zipline

3
nights
La Paz

It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Balandra Beach and Playa El Tecolote (Tecolote Beach). Take a break from the city and head to Isla Espiritu Santo and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural La Paz, don't miss a visit to Malecon, and stop by Allende Books.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Paz vacation planning app .

Getting from Mazatlan to La Paz by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In February, daytime highs in La Paz are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach

5
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.
Relax by the water at Santa Maria Beach and Chileno Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cabo San Lucas: Plaza Mijares (in San Jose del Cabo) and Playa Los Cerritos (in Todos Santos). There's still lots to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, look for gifts at 100 % Mexico Hecho a Mano, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Natural, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas travel route planning website .

You can drive from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Cabo San Lucas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Los Cerritos, Plaza Mijares
Highlights from your plan
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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