34 days in Mexico Itinerary

34 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico sightseeing planner

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Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 4 nights
Drive
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Calakmul
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 4 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 7 nights
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Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mexico City day trip site.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Mexico City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Cabo San Lucas

— 5 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Jose del Cabo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, explore the activities along Marlin Alley, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in August, you will find days in Cabo San Lucas are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are much warmer (30°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Vallarta

— 4 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Punta Mita Golf Course in Punta de Mita, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip planning website.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta is 1 hour. August in Puerto Vallarta sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Palenque

— 4 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Eco Tours, admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Palenque trip builder app.

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Palenque by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Calakmul

— 2 nights
On the 20th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Calakmul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Calakmul route planner.

You can drive from Palenque to Calakmul in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Calakmul

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bacalar

— 1 night
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bacalar driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Calakmul to Bacalar in 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Bacalar

Tours · Adventure · Parks · Outdoors

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
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): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, and then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza itinerary app.

You can drive from Bacalar to Chichen Itza in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cozumel

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 27th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Cozumel Pearl Farm. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get in on the family fun at Pueblo del Maiz, laugh and play at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, and get outside with Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Chichen Itza to Cozumel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, Cozumel is a bit cooler than Chichen Itza - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Tulum

— 7 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote, and find something for the whole family at Parque De Cenotes Yax-Muul.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Tulum road trip app.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Tulum are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.