17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cozumel
— 2 nights
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
4
Cancun
— 2 nights
5
Palenque
— 1 day
6
Mexico City
— 3 nights
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights

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.
Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Santa Rosa Wall, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then explore the world behind art at Galo Art Studio.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip app.

London, UK to Cozumel is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cozumel. In August, Cozumel is a bit warmer than London - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel 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.
Tulum Archaeological Site and Las Pinturas will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret and Paradise Beach. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Akumal Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tulum trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Cozumel to Tulum takes 3.5 hours. In August in Tulum, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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 18th (Sun), explore the ancient world of La Iglesia, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, thenexplore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, thenexplore the ancient world of Las Monjas, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ossuary.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chichen Itza driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulum in August; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach °C and lows reach °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 Parks Nature
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, thensteep yourself in history at Zona Arqueologica El Rey, thenstroll through Playa Delfines, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cancun holiday app.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Cancun sees daily highs of °C and lows of °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
Zona Arqueologica El Rey ©
Zona Arqueologica El Rey

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at La Asuncion, thendon't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Palenque tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cancun to Palenque takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cancun to Palenque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature 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.
Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo Frida Kahlo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Palacio de Bellas Artes and Museo del Templo Mayor. When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately San Juan Teotihuacan away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and browse the exhibits of Arto Otra.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mexico City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Mexico City sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa del Amor and Medano Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Whimsical Art Cabo. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, take in the exciting artwork at Golden Cactus Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip site.

Getting from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in August, expect nights in Cabo San Lucas to be much hotter, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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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