43 days in Mexico Itinerary

43 days in Mexico Itinerary

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43 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Cozumel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Tulum
— 6 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
3
Bacalar
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Sian Ka'an
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Cancun
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
7
Ciudad Valles
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
8
Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
Puerto Vallarta
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
10
Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: London

5
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef, stroll through Chankanaab Reef, and kick back and relax at Playa Palancar.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel online vacation builder .

London, UK to Cozumel is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Cozumel at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

6
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Xcaret, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun, take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower, and look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Tulum trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zipline

3
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. When in Bacalar, make a side trip to see Dzibanche in Chetumal, approximately Chetumal away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, get outside with Estromatolitos, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and get a taste of life in the country at Num Ka'an Ranch.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bacalar day trip tool .

You can take a bus from Tulum to Bacalar in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Tulum in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pyramid of the Masks, Dzibanche
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Pyramid of the Masks ©
Pyramid of the Masks

2
nights
Sian Ka'an

Sian Ka'an ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sian Ka'an trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Bacalar to Sian Ka'an with the Route module. You will leave for Chichen Itza on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, then explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza holiday builder website .

Explore your travel options from Sian Ka'an to Chichen Itza with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
Highlights from your plan
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

5
nights
Cancun

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 find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Guadalupe Chapel). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and play a few rounds at Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun travel planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ciudad Valles.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

4
nights
Ciudad Valles

Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ciudad Valles: Tamtoc Archaeological Site (in Tamuin), Tamul Waterfalls (in Aquismon) and Tamasopo (Desarrollo Ecoturistico Ejidal Indigena Pame Puente de Dios & Cascadas de Tamasopo). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, laugh and play at Adventure Land, Head underground at Cueva en Taninul, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Huasteca Potosina.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ciudad Valles journey builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cancun to Ciudad Valles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Ciudad Valles is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Ciudad Valles

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Tamasopo, Tamul Waterfalls, Tamtoc Archaeological Site
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tamul Waterfalls ©
Tamul Waterfalls

5
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mexico City: San Juan Teotihuacan (Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 & Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada), Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) (in Puebla) and Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala (in Tlaxcala). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, see the interesting displays at Museo Tamayo, make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Mexico City road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ciudad Valles to Mexico City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

San Juan Teotihuacan, Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala, Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario)
Highlights from your plan
Bosque de Chapultepec ©
Bosque de Chapultepec
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

5
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Vallarta: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Sayulita), Punta Mita Golf Course (in Punta de Mita) and Spas (in Bucerias). There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, get outside with Bahía de Banderas, and stop by Bunny Shapiro.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City in August, expect Puerto Vallarta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Marietas Islands, Punta Mita Golf Course, Kayaking & Canoeing, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Zipline
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

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.
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 much more to do: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, push the limits with an extreme tour, make a splash at Los Cabos Tarzan Boats, and contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary app .

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
Highlights from your plan
A-maze-in Cabo Race ©
A-maze-in Cabo Race
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

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