31 days in Mexico Itinerary

31 days in Mexico Itinerary

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31 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Ek Balam Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Tulum
— 6 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
4
Isla Mujeres
— 4 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Nuevo Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
7
La Paz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: London

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.
Visiting Palancar Reef and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Columbia Reef and Dolphinaris. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, take a tour by water with Dive Bros, and head outdoors with Paradise Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel travel route site .

London, UK to Cozumel is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in Cozumel at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

2
nights
Ek Balam Village

Ek Balam Village
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza archaeological site, explore the ancient world of El Castillo, and then delve into the distant past at Ek Balam. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Cenote Hubiku and then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Samula.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Ek Balam Village online travel planner .

Drive from Cozumel to Ek Balam Village in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cenote Samula, Cenote Hubiku
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Hubiku ©
Cenote Hubiku
Cenote Samula ©
Cenote Samula

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Paraiso. Step out of Tulum with an excursion to Yal-ku Lagoon in Akumal--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Grand Cenote, look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Caleta Tankha Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum planning website .

Getting from Ek Balam Village to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Yal-ku Lagoon
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park

4
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.
Visit Punta Sur and Guadalupe Chapel for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Norte. Step out of Isla Mujeres with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Cancun--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Garrafon Natural Reef Park, take in the waterfront activity at Tortugranja (Turtle Farm), and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Isla Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres holiday planner.

Getting from Tulum to Isla Mujeres by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Get some cultural insight at Monte Alban and Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. Museum-lovers will appreciate Oaxaca Textile Museum and Christian Thornton Gallery. Step out of Oaxaca with an excursion to Mitla in San Pablo Villa de Mitla--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, view the masterpieces at Voces de Copal, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Oaxaca travel planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Isla Mujeres to Oaxaca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Isla Mujeres to Oaxaca due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Isla Mujeres in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Oaxaca. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Nuevo Vallarta.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Mitla
Highlights from your plan
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

2
nights
Nuevo Vallarta

Nuevo Vallarta ©
A planned resort community with one of Mexico's highest concentrations of hotels, Nuevo Vallarta caters to international tourists with its luxurious restaurants, charming marinas, and long stretches of sandy beaches.
On the 2nd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nuevo Vallarta Beach. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Los Arcos, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nuevo Vallarta driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Nuevo Vallarta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Nuevo Vallarta. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Puerto Vallarta
Highlights from your plan
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

3
nights
La Paz

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Balandra Beach and Isla Espiritu Santo. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Migrino and Balandra Beach. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Casa Parra, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Paz trip planner .

Getting from Nuevo Vallarta to La Paz by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Nuevo Vallarta, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Migrino, Balandra Beach
Highlights from your plan
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Visit Playa del Amor and Santa Maria Beach for some beach relaxation. La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Whimsical Cabo will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Mi Casa Azul Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, stroll through Divorce beach, look for gifts at Mexican Pottery, and go for a stroll along the water at Medano Beach.

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Getting from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from La Paz, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cabo San Lucas, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mi Casa Azul Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

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