21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 12 nights
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Palenque
— 2 nights
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Bacalar
— 1 night
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Tulum
— 3 nights
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Mexico City

City of Palaces

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), Robert Brady Museum (in Cuernavaca) and Grutas La Estrella (in Ixtapan de la Sal). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and Felipe Angeles International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Palenque

Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha and then admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Palenque trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Bacalar.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

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Bacalar

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

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You can drive from Palenque to Bacalar in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Bacalar. In October in Bacalar, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Parks
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3
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Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Scuba & Snorkeling). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun, take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers, and don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Bacalar to Tulum in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bacalar in October: highs in Tulum hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.