23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Caracas
Fly + Drive:  14​h
1
Playa del Carmen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cozumel
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  6​h
3
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
4
Tulum
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Oaxaca
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Guadalajara
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly + foot:  11​h
End: Caracas

2
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): make a splash at Xcaret Park and then make a trip to Quinta Avenida. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Parque Los Fundadores and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen route planner.

Caracas, Venezuela to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Venezuela Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Theme Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral and then see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip planner.

Drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cozumel are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun, then explore the fascinating underground world of Balankanche Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, and finally explore the ancient world of La Iglesia. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Ake's Mayan ruins, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables, and finally explore the ancient world of Las Monjas.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza sightseeing planner .

Getting from Cozumel to Chichen Itza by combination of ferry and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Cozumel in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Yokdzonot
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tulum visit planning website .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in November, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Tulum. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

3
nights
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, classes, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, delve into the distant past at Monte Alban, admire the striking features of Basilica de la Soledad, and hunt for treasures at Mercado Benito Juárez.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Oaxaca road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tulum to Oaxaca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tulum to Oaxaca is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tulum in November since evenings lows in Oaxaca dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Maria del Tule
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua

3
nights
Guadalajara

Guadalajara ©
One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
On the 13th (Wed), explore the galleries of Palacio de Gobierno, pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalajara Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Teatro Degollado, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Zapopan, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Expiatory Temple. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Romantic Lake Chapala, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico Guadalajara, and then examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Guadalajara travel route app .

Fly from Oaxaca to Guadalajara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Oaxaca, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Guadalajara, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Basilica de Zapopan ©
Basilica de Zapopan

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Sayulita) and Bucerias (Art in Amber & A Broken Art). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Glass Gallery EM, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Guadalajara, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Puerto Vallarta, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bucerias, Marietas Islands
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Food Tours
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

5
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and steep yourself in history at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mexico City visit 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. While traveling from Puerto Vallarta, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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