55 days in Mexico Itinerary

55 days in Mexico Itinerary

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55 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Cozumel
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Cancun
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Tulum
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Mexico City
— 6 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Puebla
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
San Miguel de Allende
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Puerto Vallarta
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

7
nights
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.
Spend the 18th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Palancar, identify plant and animal life at Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve, explore the gorgeous colors at Chankanaab Reef, and put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel trip planner .

London, UK to Cozumel is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Cozumel at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

7
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: Playa Norte (in Isla Mujeres) and Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Xplor Park, & more). There's lots more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, and stroll through Playa Tortugas.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip planner .

Fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Playa Norte
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Xplor Park by Xcaret ©
Xplor Park by Xcaret
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

7
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.
When in Tulum, make a side trip to see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, approximately 44 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 1st (Wed) at Xel-Ha. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, stroll through Playa Paraiso, identify plant and animal life at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, and explore the activities along Casa Cenote.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum road trip site .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

2
nights
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 8th (Wed), delve into the distant past at El Castillo, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, and then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza vacation planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Chichen Itza: highs are around 39°C and lows about 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenote Xkeken, Cenote Yokdzonot
Highlights from your plan
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken

2
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar. Here are some ideas for day two: do sightseeing your way with Amir AdvenTours and then delve into the distant past at Pyramid of the Masks.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bacalar trip planner .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Bacalar in 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Bacalar can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Pyramid of the Masks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Amir AdvenTours ©
Amir AdvenTours
Pyramid of the Masks ©
Pyramid of the Masks

6
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: Cuernavaca (Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco & Spanish Language Institute - Day Course) and Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan (in San Juan Teotihuacan). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City road trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bacalar to Mexico City. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bacalar to Mexico City. Traveling from Bacalar in August, things will get cooler in Mexico City: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cuernavaca, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Puebla

Puebla ©
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: San Pedro Cholula (Iglesia de Santa Maria Tonanzintla & Templo San Francisco Acatepec) and Murals of the Government Palace (in Tlaxcala). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), and stop by Talavera de la Luz.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puebla travel route app .

You can drive from Mexico City to Puebla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Puebla when traveling from Mexico City in August, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Tonantzintla, Templo San Francisco Acatepec, Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala
Highlights from your plan
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Tonantzintla ©
Tonantzintla

5
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
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.
Explore San Miguel de Allende's surroundings by going to Alhondiga de Granaditas (in Guanajuato) and Queretaro City (Convento de Santa Clara & Antea Lifestyle Center). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin, browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora, and see the interesting displays at La Esquina Mexican Toy Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Miguel de Allende road trip site .

You can drive from Puebla to San Miguel de Allende in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Puebla in August, you will find days in San Miguel de Allende are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Queretaro City, Alhondiga de Granaditas
Highlights from your plan
Canada de la Virgen ©
Canada de la Virgen
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

7
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: Nuevo Vallarta Beach (in Nuevo Vallarta) and Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Muertos, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary tool .

Getting from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in August, things will get a bit warmer in Puerto Vallarta: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Zipline
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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.
When in Cabo San Lucas, make a side trip to see Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) in San Jose del Cabo, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End), contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke, go for a stroll along the water at Marina Cabo San Lucas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
Highlights from your plan
A-maze-in Cabo Race ©
A-maze-in Cabo Race
Fishing Charters & Tours
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

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