21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
1
Mexico City
— 12 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Palenque
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h
3
Bacalar
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Tulum
— 3 nights
+3
bus + ferry + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

12
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to Jardines de Mexico (in Jojutla), Grutas La Estrella (in Ixtapan de la Sal) and Robert Brady Museum (in Cuernavaca). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City attractions site .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Grutas La Estrella, Balloon Rides, Tepozteco, Issstehuixtla
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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.
On the 25th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios and then make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Palenque trip planning website .

You can fly from Mexico City to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha

1
night
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Fuerte de San Felipe and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bacalar itinerary maker app .

You can take a bus from Palenque to Bacalar in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Palenque to Bacalar, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Bacalar can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum road trip site .

You can take a bus from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bacalar in October, expect nights in Tulum to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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