41 days in Mexico Itinerary

41 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Drive
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La Paz
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tijuana
— 1 night
Drive
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Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Cancun
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 5 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 5 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plaza Mijares and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cabo San Lucas: San Jose del Cabo (Eclectic Array San Jose & Parroquia San Jose). There's still lots to do: choose your vessel at Cabo Sailing Ocean Adventures, don't miss a visit to Tomas Spangler Photography Gallery, explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and stop by Caboholic Store & Activity Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas trip maker.

Los Angeles, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Cabo San Lucas reach 77°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

La Paz

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Balandra Beach and Isla Espiritu Santo. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Malecon, look for gifts at Artesanias Cuauhtemoc, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore by horseback at Rancho El Cajon.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz online route maker.

You can drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in La Paz when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in December, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Tijuana.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Tijuana

— 1 night
Tijuana is the largest city in Baja California and on the Baja California Peninsula and center of the Tijuana metropolitan area, part of the international San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area. On the 18th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playas de Tijuana and then get interesting insight from Tren Turistico Tijuana Tecate.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tijuana online vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from La Paz to Tijuana. The time zone changes from Mexican Pacific Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from La Paz in December, with highs in Tijuana at 68°F and lows at 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tijuana

Beaches · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Isla Mujeres

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Punta Sur and Captain Dulche's Museum. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative, kick back and relax at Playa Norte, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Isla Brewing Company, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres holiday builder website.

You can drive from Tijuana to Isla Mujeres in 51 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Tijuana to Isla Mujeres. Traveling from Tijuana in December, you will find days in Isla Mujeres are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are warmer (70°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Cancun

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and Spas & Wellness. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Vidrio Soplado Mexicano, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Cancun trip itinerary site.

Getting from Isla Mujeres to Cancun by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Chichen Itza

— 3 nights
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 Felipe Carrillo Puerto. When in Chichen Itza, make a side trip to see Ecopark Xtut in Temozon, approximately Temozon away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chichen Itza tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Gran Cenote. Take a break from Tulum with a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, Head underground at Cenote Taak Bi Ha, and look for gifts at La Llorona.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum travel route planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in December, things will get a bit cooler in Tulum: highs are around 80°F and lows about 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cozumel

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Amazing Cozumel Race and Palancar Reef. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, take in the exciting artwork at Galo Art Studio Cozumel Art, and get outside with The Money Bar Beach Club.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cozumel holiday builder website.

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas · Tours

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paseo de la Reforma and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take a stroll through Coyoacan, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Mexico City itinerary app.

You can fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cozumel in January, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Centro Historico. Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes) and Nuevo Vallarta (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Nuevo Vallarta Beach). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Muelle de Playa Los Muertos, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, make a trip to Glass Gallery EM, and look for gifts at Miralo.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in January, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 80°F and lows at 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

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.