21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mahahual
— 1 night
Bus to Chetumal Terminal Autobuses Caribe, Fly to Mexico City
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Paz
— 1 night
Bus to San Jose Cabo, Fly to Prague

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Cozumel

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Santa Rosa Wall. Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, explore the striking landscape at Palancar Reef, head outdoors with The Money Bar Beach Club, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip planner.

Prague, Czech Republic to Cozumel is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Prague to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prague in December, expect Cozumel to be much hotter, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Cancun

— 2 nights
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 31st (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Delfines and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): look for gifts at Alma Libre Bookstore, then stroll through National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

Plan my day in Cancun using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Tulum

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Climbing Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Mayan Beach and Off-Road Tours. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum vacation planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mahahual.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Mahahual

— 1 night
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Mahahual.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mahahual day trip planning website.

You can drive from Tulum to Mahahual in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in January, you will find days in Mahahual are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Mexico City

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Explore hidden gems such as Coyoacan and La Plateria del Mercado. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, and ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mahahual to Mexico City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mahahual to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mahahual in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Mexico City, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Puerto Vallarta

— 2 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and finally take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): stroll through Nuevo Vallarta Beach and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mexico City in January, expect Puerto Vallarta to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Cabo San Lucas

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa del Amor. Visit Chileno Beach and Divorce beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Santa Maria Beach, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas vacation planning website.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

La Paz

— 1 night
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Balandra Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read La Paz trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in January since evenings lows in La Paz dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.