21 days in North America Itinerary

21 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico route planner

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

— 12 nights

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 Robert Brady Museum (in Cuernavaca), Jardines de Mexico (in Jojutla) 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, take in the architecture and atmosphere 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 Santa Lucía Air Force Base / 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 catch the flight to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Palenque

— 2 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
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 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

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

Bacalar

— 1 night
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. 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. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar and then explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bacalar route planning app.

Traveling by car from Palenque to Bacalar takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Bacalar

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature
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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.
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 fly back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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