22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cancun
— 3 nights
2
Palenque
— 3 nights
3
Mexico City
— 3 nights
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
5
Cozumel
— 2 nights
6
Tulum
— 4 nights
7
Chichen Itza
— 1 night

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.
Let the collections at Mayan Museum of Cancun and Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun capture your imagination. Visit Punta Sur and Guadalupe Chapel for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon). The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cancun road trip planning tool.

Casablanca, Morocco to Cancun is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Casablanca to Cancun is minus 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Casablanca in December; daily highs in Cancun reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Museo Del Textil. Get in touch with nature at Playas de Catazaja and Agua Azul Waterfalls. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes, and admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Palenque tour itinerary site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cancun to Palenque in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Palenque due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Playas de Catazaja
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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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 Palacio de Bellas Artes. Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the striking landscape of Bosque de Chapultepec, do sightseeing at your own pace with Ride MB, and wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico).

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mexico City holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Palenque to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mexico City are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time 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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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Los Muertos Beach and Swim with Dolphins. Visit Zona Romantica and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe for their historical value. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and browse the exhibits of Galleria Dante.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Vallarta: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough 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.
Let the collections at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Galo Art Studio capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get your game on at Clear Lounge Cozumel, head outdoors with Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel, and look for gifts at Black Coral Shop.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel road trip planning site.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos and Sfer IK. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Ambarte, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Paradise Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Miniature, and browse the exhibits of Balam Art On Feathers.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tulum, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Cozumel to Tulum takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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), delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, thenexplore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the ancient world of Las Monjas.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

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