40 days in Mexico Itinerary

40 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Fly to Cancun, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 4 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 6 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Bus to Mérida Noreste, Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 2 nights
Fly to Mexico City, Bus to Puebla
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Puebla
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Miguel de Allende
— 4 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mazatlan
— 3 nights
Bus to Culiacán, Fly to San Jose Cabo
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Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
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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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel travel planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Cozumel is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Riyadh to Cozumel, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Riyadh in February since evenings lows in Cozumel dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Tulum

— 6 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Zipline) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip website.

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by combination of ferry and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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 3rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, then explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, and then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer than Tulum - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
On the 4th (Thu), examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Aluxes Palenque, then explore the activities along Agua Clara, and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Palenque itinerary maker website.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Palenque by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chichen Itza to Palenque due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puebla.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Puebla

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Get out of town with these interesting Puebla side-trips: Zona Arqueológica de Cholula (in San Pedro Cholula) and Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), see the interesting displays at Museo Amparo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Casa del Mendrugo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo San Francisco Acatepec.

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Getting from Palenque to Puebla by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Puebla can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.
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: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center (Centro Historico).

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mexico City trip planner.

Getting from Puebla to Mexico City by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Mexico City sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

San Miguel de Allende

— 4 nights
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
San Miguel de Allende is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll through Canada de la Virgen, and examine the collection at Museo La Esquina.

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Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in San Miguel de Allende are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping

Puerto Vallarta

— 5 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Change things up with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Puerto Vallarta. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mazatlan

— 3 nights

Pacific Pearl

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Mazatlan is known for historic sites, adventure, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Catedral Mazatlan Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, visit a coastal fixture at El Faro Mazatlan, and don't miss a visit to Malecon de Mazatlan.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mazatlan online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in March, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Mazatlan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cabo San Lucas: San Jose del Cabo (Mi Casa Azul Art Gallery, Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco, and take in the waterfront activity at Medano Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas day trip app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mazatlan to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mazatlan in March since evenings lows in Cabo San Lucas dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Mexico travel guide

4.5
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.