21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: Sydney

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 20th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

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

4
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: Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus & Chichen Itza), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Quinta Avenida, Xcaret, &more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, stroll through Akumal Beach, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tulum trip planner.

Getting from Cancun to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tulum are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Chichen Itza, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and laugh and play at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cozumel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In January in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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.
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. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, and contemplate the long history of National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City travel planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cozumel in January: highs in Mexico City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Zocalo
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes) and Art in Amber (in Bucerias). Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, and make a trip to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta itinerary website.

Fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, Puerto Vallarta is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Art in Amber, Marietas Islands
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, trot along with Cuadra San Francisco, cast your line with a fishing tour, and look for gifts at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas trip builder site.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery, Cuadra San Francisco
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:
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Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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