21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Palenque
— 3 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + foot + bus:  7​h
5
Tulum
— 4 nights
6
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Ljubljana

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, explore the striking landscape at Santa Rosa Wall, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, and identify plant and animal life at Cozumel Pearl Farm.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia to Cozumel is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cozumel, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Vallarta side-trips: Art in Amber (in Bucerias) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Sayulita). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, head off the coast to Marietas Islands, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

Getting from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta is minus 1 hour. In July in Puerto Vallarta, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spanish Language Institute - Day Course (in Cuernavaca) and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo.

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Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Puerto Vallarta, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Spanish Language Institute - Day Course ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", and get to know the resident critters at Aluxes Palenque.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Palenque trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Tulum.

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
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios

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 Tulum's surroundings by going to Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus & Chichen Itza), Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park, Quinta Avenida, & more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun, don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo, and get a taste of the local shopping with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum road trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Tulum takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

3
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.
On the 5th (Wed), get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cancun road trip site .

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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