23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Palenque
— 3 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
6
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
7
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Lisbon

3
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, adventure, beaches, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sea views from Punta Molas Faro, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, and have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel itinerary planning website .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cozumel is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in October; daily highs in Cozumel reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Historic Sites Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

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.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, nightlife, historic sites, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, head off the coast to Los Arcos, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
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Food Tours
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

3
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from San Miguel de Allende to Queretaro City to see Convento de Santa Clara about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, browse the collection at Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel de Allende, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Rafael o Santa Escuela de Cristo, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fabrica La Aurora.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Miguel de Allende sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Vallarta in November, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in San Miguel de Allende: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Convento de Santa Clara
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Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery ©
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
El Charco del Ingenio ©
El Charco del Ingenio

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.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia, take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, and explore the galleries of Museo del Templo Mayor.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City tour itinerary planner .

Drive from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from San Miguel de Allende in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Mexico City, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
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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.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, and examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Palenque trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Palenque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Palenque

Nature Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chichen Itza side-trips: Valladolid (Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, Zazil Tunich, & more) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and delve into the distant past at La Iglesia.

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

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Chichen Itza in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. November in Chichen Itza sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valladolid, Ek Balam
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

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nights
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.
Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site & Gran Cenote) and La Isla Shopping Village (in Cancun). Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Xcaret Park, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, stop by La Casa de las Hamacas, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in November, Playa del Carmen is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, La Isla Shopping Village
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

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