17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Train to Nuevos Ministerios, Fly to Cancun
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Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Cozumel
— 1 night
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Ferry to Playa del Carmen, Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 1 night
Fly
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Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cancun
Fly

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Playa del Carmen

— 3 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Tulum (Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, take in the exciting artwork at Ambarte, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen tour site.

Malaga, Spain to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Malaga to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Malaga in March, expect Playa del Carmen to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

Cozumel

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel attractions planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:
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Palenque

— 1 night
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 25th (Thu), examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier" and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Palenque trip tool.

Getting from Cozumel to Palenque by combination of ferry, flight, and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Palenque

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

Oaxaca

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, look for gifts at Antiga by VM, then make a trip to Zocalo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oaxaca trip planner.

You can fly from Palenque to Oaxaca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Oaxaca can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Mexico City

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in March, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

San Miguel de Allende

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora, then don't miss a visit to El Jardin, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in San Miguel de Allende can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

Puerto Vallarta

— 3 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
On the 2nd (Fri), stop by Tierra Huichol, then take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta itinerary planner.

Fly from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Puerto Vallarta, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:

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.
For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in April since evenings lows in Cancun dip to 27°C. You will leave for home on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nightlife
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:

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.