22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  29​h
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
5
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Perth

3
nights
Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Spas. Go for a jaunt from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo to see Plaza Mijares about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Marina Cabo San Lucas, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Luke, view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas online route planner .

Perth, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Perth to Cabo San Lucas. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Perth in December: highs in Cabo San Lucas hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Plaza Mijares
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Marina Cabo San Lucas ©
Marina Cabo San Lucas

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Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Zipline. Step out of Puerto Vallarta to go to Cabo Corrientes and see Vallarta Botanical Gardens, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta, make a trip to Plaza Lazaro Cardenas, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nuevo Vallarta Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip planning tool .

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Puerto Vallarta can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Marietas Islands, Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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Food Tours
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Explore hidden gems such as Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, and delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City online trip planner .

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. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, things will get little chillier in Mexico City: highs are around 24°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ek Balam and Casa de los Venados. Get out of town with these interesting Chichen Itza side-trips: Valladolid (Cenote Zaci, Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, & more) and Ek Balam (in Temozon).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Chichen Itza trip itinerary app .

Getting from Mexico City to Chichen Itza by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Chichen Itza is 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Chichen Itza, with highs around 33°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Valladolid, Ek Balam, Ek Balam
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados

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Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cenotes Sac Actun and Gran Cenote. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Cenote Tak Be Ha & Tulum Archaeological Site). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 9th (Thu) at Xel-Ha. There's still lots to do: cool off at Xcaret Park and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen online trip builder .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in January: high temperatures in Playa del Carmen hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret

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Cozumel

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palancar Reef and Paradise Beach Cozumel. Next up on the itinerary: partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, admire the masterpieces at Galo Art Studio, explore the gorgeous colors at Santa Rosa Wall, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel travel planner .

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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