17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

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17 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Cancun
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6​h
5
Palenque
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: London

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galo Art Studio.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel road trip planner .

London, UK to Cozumel is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in Cozumel reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Las Pinturas. Take a break from the city and head to Paradise Beach and Xel-Ha. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Akumal Beach and stroll through Mayan Beach.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, then make a trip to Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ossuary.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chichen Itza trip planner.

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in August, expect Chichen Itza to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

2
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.
On the 19th (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, then steep yourself in history at El Rey Archaeological Zone, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cancun day trip website .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Cancun takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Cancun sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

1
day
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the sheer force of La Asuncion, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Palenque holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cancun to Palenque takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Cancun to Palenque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Your inner history buff will appreciate Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo de Frida Kahlo, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City online visit planner .

Fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3.5 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
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.
Visiting Playa del Amor and Medano Beach will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Saint Luke and Whimsical Art Cabo. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and shop like a local with Golden Cactus Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in August, you will find days in Cabo San Lucas are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are much hotter (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

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