21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
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): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and then explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Cancun planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Cancun, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Cancun are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba), Playa del Carmen (Quinta Avenida, Xcaret Park, & more) and Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus & Chichen Itza). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, and kick back and relax at Akumal Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum online trip planner .

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Tulum, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Chichen Itza, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

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, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cozumel online trip planner .

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by car takes about 2.5 hours. January in Cozumel sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), look for gifts at Origen Mexico Artesanias, and explore the striking landscape of Bosque de Chapultepec.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City online trip maker .

Fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Cozumel in January, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Vallarta: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Art in Amber, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

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.
Take a break from Cabo San Lucas with a short trip to Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas. In February, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cuadra San Francisco, Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
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Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Fishing Charters & Tours

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