20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico route maker

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Cozumel
— 1 night
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
3
Cancun
— 2 nights
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
6
San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
8
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cozumel is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Cozumel is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Cozumel to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Miniature.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tulum driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Cozumel to Tulum in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 6th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cancun planning tool.

Getting from Tulum to Cancun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cancun are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

2
nights
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 8th (Tue): make a trip to Iglesia Santo Domingo, thenmake a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Asuncion. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, thenstroll through Aluxes, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Palenque day trip website.

Getting from Cancun to Palenque by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Palenque is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes ©
Aluxes

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.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, and examine the collection at Museo del Azucar.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Mexico City route planner.

Traveling by flight from Palenque to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Mexico City, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): trot along with a tour on horseback, thenstop by Colors, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around El Charco del Ingenio, make a trip to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, and then get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende trip planning app.

You can drive from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Mexico City in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Miguel de Allende, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Charco del Ingenio ©
El Charco del Ingenio

2
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.
On the 15th (Tue), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thentake in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, browse the exhibits of Galleria Dante, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in September, expect Puerto Vallarta to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Swim with Dolphins

3
nights
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.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the galleries of La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, thensee some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach and then contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas road trip site.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Fishing Charters & Tours
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

Similar Plans

25 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM HUNGARY December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 21 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 21 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 21 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 60 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM TURKEY January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 7 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 7 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 26 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 30 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, kids, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: December, kids, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Belize BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced
See more plans