36 days in Mexico Itinerary

36 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip itinerary builder

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Mexico City
— 4 nights
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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
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Acapulco
— 3 nights
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Oaxaca
— 3 nights
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Palenque
— 2 nights
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Calakmul
— 1 night
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Bacalar
— 1 night
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Tulum
— 5 nights
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Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
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Cozumel
— 3 nights
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Cancun
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Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately San Juan Teotihuacan away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City sightseeing planner.

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands to Mexico City is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Virgin Gorda to Mexico City is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Virgin Gorda in August: highs in Mexico City hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Cabo San Lucas

— 3 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.
Step out of Cabo San Lucas with an excursion to Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) in San Jose del Cabo--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get a taste of the local shopping with La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chileno Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas trip builder website.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in August: highs in Cabo San Lucas hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Acapulco.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Acapulco

— 3 nights
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Acapulco is known for nature, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Playa Pie de la Cuesta, explore the striking landscape at La Quebrada, kick back and relax at Playa Icacos, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace).

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Acapulco trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Acapulco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Acapulco is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Oaxaca

— 3 nights
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.
Oaxaca is known for museums, historic sites, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, examine the collection at Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C., admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, and appreciate the views at Oaxaca Cooking Classes La Cocina Oaxaquena.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Oaxaca trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Acapulco to Oaxaca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Acapulco in September, things will get little chillier in Oaxaca: highs are around 34°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Palenque.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Parks · Classes · Museums

Side Trip

Palenque

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Aluxes Palenque, then don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Palenque visit app.

Fly from Oaxaca to Palenque in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Calakmul

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then admire all the interesting features of Calakmul.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Calakmul online journey planner.

You can drive from Palenque to Calakmul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Calakmul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Calakmul

Wildlife · Parks · 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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): head outdoors with Estromatolitos and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bacalar trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Calakmul to Bacalar by car takes about 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Bacalar are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.

Plan my day in Chichen Itza using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Bacalar to Chichen Itza in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tulum

— 5 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an). Spend the 14th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, and take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tulum trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in September: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen

— 4 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Spend the 17th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen vacation site.

You can drive from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Cozumel

— 3 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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire the local landmark of Coral Reefs Monument, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, and relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cozumel trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Cancun

— 3 nights
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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cancun trip maker site.

You can fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Adventure

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.