20 days in Yucatan Peninsula, Oaxaca & Puerto Vallarta Itinerary

20 days in Yucatan Peninsula, Oaxaca & Puerto Vallarta Itinerary

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20 days in Yucatan Peninsula, Oaxaca & Puerto Vallarta Itinerary

Start: Hobart
Fly:  28​h
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ek Balam Village
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Calakmul
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Oaxaca
— 1 day
8
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Hobart

2
nights
Cancun

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Punta Sur and El Rey Archaeological Zone. Get outdoors at Playa Delfines and Parasailing & Paragliding. When in Cancun, make a side trip to see Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres, approximately 1h 05 min away. Spend the 15th (Thu) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. There's more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun road trip planning app .

Hobart, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -15 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Hobart in August; daily highs in Cancun reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

1
night
Ek Balam Village

Ek Balam Village ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Cenote Palomitas, explore the fascinating underground world of X'Canche Cenote, and then make a trip to Ek Balam.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ek Balam Village trip planner .

You can drive from Cancun to Ek Balam Village in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Palomitas
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Cenote Palomitas ©
Cenote Palomitas
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
X'Canche Cenote ©
X'Canche Cenote

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 17th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, and finally explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil.

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Drive from Ek Balam Village to Chichen Itza in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

1
day
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then explore the ancient world of Calakmul Archaeological Zone.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Calakmul trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Calakmul takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Calakmul

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul ©
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul
Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 20th (Tue) at Xel-Ha. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, stroll through Caleta Tankha Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tulum trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Calakmul to Tulum in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Tulum sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Palancar. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef, take in the dramatic natural features at Santa Rosa Wall, get outside with Water Spout, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cozumel trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

1
day
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
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.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Soledad, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, and finally delve into the distant past at Monte Alban.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca trip planner.

You can fly from Cozumel to Oaxaca in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cozumel in August, Oaxaca is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Step out of the city life by going to Los Muertos Beach and Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Zona Romantica. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and head off the coast to Marietas Islands.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Puerto Vallarta takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oaxaca in August since evenings lows in Puerto Vallarta dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Marietas Islands, Nuevo Vallarta Beach
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Los Muertos Beach ©
Los Muertos Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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