21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Playa del Carmen
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6​h 30​min
5
Palenque
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  28​h
End: Lisbon

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: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, and put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cozumel day trip tool .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cozumel is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in January, expect Cozumel to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) 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.
Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, gear up at Ride MB, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo.

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Getting from Cozumel to Mexico City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Cozumel, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

4
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.
Step out of Puerto Vallarta with an excursion to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and head off the coast to Marietas Islands.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City in January, expect Puerto Vallarta to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline
Food Tours

5
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Gran Cenote, Tulum Archaeological Site, & more), Chichen Itza (Temple of the Bearded Man & Chichen Itza) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip website .

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Chichen Itza, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, meet the residents at Aluxes Palenque, admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, and examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Palenque road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Playa del Carmen to Palenque takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Palenque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes Palenque ©
Aluxes Palenque

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