22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Casablanca
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6​h
2
Palenque
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Casablanca

3
nights
Cancun

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Visit Punta Sur and Guadalupe Chapel for their historical value. Mayan Museum of Cancun and Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun online road trip planner .

Casablanca, Morocco to Cancun is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Casablanca to Cancun is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Casablanca in December, with highs in Cancun at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

3
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Visiting Playas de Catazaja and Welib Ja Waterfalls will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Museo Del Textil. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aluxes Palenque.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Palenque trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cancun to Palenque takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Cancun to Palenque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Playas de Catazaja
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Playas de Catazaja ©
Playas de Catazaja

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo Frida Kahlo. Get in touch with nature at Bosque de Chapultepec and Ride MB. 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: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico), delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mexico City trip itinerary website .

Fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Zipline. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Galleria Dante. There's lots more to do: stroll through Los Muertos Beach, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta trip planner .

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, Puerto Vallarta is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline
Swim with Dolphins

2
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Palancar. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef, stop by Black Coral Shop, have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel, and get outside with Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cozumel road trip planner .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tulum Archaeological Site and Ambarte. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, & more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, admire the striking features of Sfer IK, and view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tulum planning site .

You can drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. January in Tulum sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the ancient world of Las Monjas.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza online travel route planner .

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chichen Itza when traveling from Tulum in January, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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