30 days in Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Mexico Itinerary

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30 days in Mexico Itinerary

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Palancar. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel, and put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cozumel, use our trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Cozumel are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Xel-Ha and Akumal Beach will thrill your kids. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, Head underground at Grand Cenote, contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Car Wash, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza and then explore the ancient world of El Castillo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza online attractions planner .

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tulum in July, with highs in Chichen Itza at 92°F and lows at 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

4
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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Delfines make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Cancun to go to Playa del Carmen and see Xplor Park, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, meet the residents at Interactive Aquarium, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28, and browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Cancun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cancun are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puebla.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Kukulcan Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Interactive Aquarium ©
Interactive Aquarium

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 28th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), then make a trip to Zocalo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica de Puebla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): browse the collection at Biblioteca Palafoxiana, see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo San Francisco Acatepec.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puebla trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Cancun to Puebla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Cancun in July, plan for slightly colder days in Puebla, with highs around 76°F, while nights are colder with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Templo San Francisco Acatepec
Highlights from your plan
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)

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.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Puebla to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Mexico City are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec ©
Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

4
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.
Attractions like Swim with Dolphins and Playa de los Muertos make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Nuevo Vallarta Beach in Nuevo Vallarta, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk, stop by Faith Colectiva, head off the coast to Los Arcos, and get outside with Bahía de Banderas.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in August; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 89°F and lows reach 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Los Muertos Beach ©
Los Muertos Beach
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Chileno Beach and Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach). The adventure continues: make a trip to El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke, take in the waterfront activity at Medano Beach, and stop by Arte de Origen.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas online trip planner .

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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