21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
2
Mexico City
— 3 nights
3
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
4
Playa del Carmen
— 5 nights
5
Palenque
— 2 nights

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, contemplate the long history of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel travel planning app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Cozumel is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in January, expect Cozumel to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site
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.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, tour on your own time with Ride MB, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mexico City trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Mexico City takes 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. While traveling from Cozumel, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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.
When in Puerto Vallarta, make a side trip to see Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, approximately Cabo Corrientes away. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in January, things will get a bit warmer in Puerto Vallarta: highs are around °C and lows about °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
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Vallarta Botanical Gardens ©
Vallarta Botanical Gardens

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba), Chichen Itza (Temple of the Bearded Man & Chichen Itza) and Tulum (Gran Cenote, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Chichen Itza, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Palenque day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Playa del Carmen to Palenque in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Museums
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

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