22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico travel planner

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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
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Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
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San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
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Mexico City
— 4 nights
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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.
Cabo San Lucas is known for wildlife, nightlife, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Playa del Amor, and go for a stroll along the water at Medano Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time is minus 17 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Cabo San Lucas at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

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

Puerto Vallarta

— 4 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo Corrientes to see Vallarta Botanical Gardens about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

San Miguel de Allende

— 2 nights
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stroll around El Charco del Ingenio, then examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to El Jardin and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fabrica La Aurora.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, things will get little chillier in San Miguel de Allende: highs are around 27°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza and then explore the ancient world of Las Monjas.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from San Miguel de Allende to Chichen Itza in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from San Miguel de Allende in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Chichen Itza, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

Tulum

— 4 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 Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Quinta Avenida & Xcaret). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tulum tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in January, with highs in Tulum at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:

Cozumel

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and then enjoy the sea views from Punta Molas Faro. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stop by Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry, and then steep yourself in history at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Cozumel itinerary planning website.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:

Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, and delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Mexico City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City. Traveling from Cozumel in January, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
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.