31 days in Mexico Itinerary

31 days in Mexico Itinerary

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31 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: McAllen
Fly + Drive:  13 h 30 min
1
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  3 h
2
Chichen Itza
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Cozumel
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
5
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: McAllen

3
nights
Isla Mujeres

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Punta Sur and Museo Maya de Cancun y Zona Arqueologica de San Miguelito. Change things up with a short trip to Croco Cun Zoo in Puerto Morelos (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: make a splash at Garrafon Natural Reef Park and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres day trip tool .

McAllen, USA to Isla Mujeres is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from McAllen in June, expect nights in Isla Mujeres to be about the same, around 77°F, while days are little chillier, around 87°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cancun, Croco Cun Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku. Do some cultural sightseeing at El Castillo and Ek Balam. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chichen Itza: Valladolid (Convent de San Bernardino de Siena, Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo, & more).

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Chichen Itza in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Valladolid, Temozon, Ek Balam, Dzibichaltun
Highlights from your plan
Cenote Hubiku ©
Cenote Hubiku
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam

5
nights
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 a sense of the local culture at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Galeria Lamanai. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Paraiso. Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Yal-ku Lagoon in Akumal, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: Head underground at Grand Cenote, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Dos Ojos, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, Tulum is little chillier than Chichen Itza - with highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Akumal
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours
Cenotes Sac Actun ©
Cenotes Sac Actun

5
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.
Visiting Palancar Reef and Santa Rosa Wall will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Beach and Columbia Reef. The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, stroll through Playa Punta Chiqueros, and partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cozumel visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chileno Beach and Playa del Amor. Get in touch with nature at Medano Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Maria Beach, look for gifts at Whimsical Cabo, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas trip planner .

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Cozumel to Cabo San Lucas in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cozumel to Cabo San Lucas. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cabo San Lucas when traveling from Cozumel in July, with lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Old Vallarta. Change things up with a short trip to Nuevo Vallarta Beach in Nuevo Vallarta (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, admire the masterpieces at OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, take in the exciting artwork at Sergio Bustamante, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach

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.
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Coyoacan and Paseo de la Reforma. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, stop by Tinta Naranja Urban Gallery, and delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City day trip tool .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in July: highs in Mexico City hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan
Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe ©
Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe

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