25 days in Mexico Itinerary

25 days in Mexico Itinerary

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25 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h
4
Oaxaca
— 4 nights
5
Puerto Vallarta
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Wellington

2
nights
Cancun

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Selvatica as well as Museo Subacuatico de Arte. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at Selvatica, see the interesting displays at Museo Subacuatico de Arte, and then see the interesting displays at Cancun Wax Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Xcacel Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun online holiday planner .

Wellington, New Zealand to Cancun is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Wellington to Cancun due to the time zone difference. In September, Cancun is much hotter than Wellington - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Museums Adventure

Side Trip

Museo Subacuatico de Arte
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Xcacel Beach ©
Xcacel Beach
Selvatica ©
Selvatica
Museo Subacuatico de Arte ©
Museo Subacuatico de Arte

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tulum Archaeological Site. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Chikin Ha. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gran Cenote and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an).

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tulum travel planner .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chikin Ha, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Palancar Reef and Columbia Reef. Visit Chichen Itza and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Playa del Carmen to Ek Balam Village to see Ek Balam about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at 3D Museum of Wonders.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen tour itinerary maker site .

Take a bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cozumel, Ek Balam, Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

4
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.
Visit Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Basilica de la Soledad for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Convento de Cuilapam and Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Geoparque Mixteca Alta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Bocana, and hike along Pueblos Mancomunados.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Oaxaca online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to Oaxaca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to Oaxaca is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Playa del Carmen in September since evenings lows in Oaxaca dip to 18°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you're off toPuerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Geoparque Mixteca Alta, Playa La Bocana
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Pueblos Mancomunados ©
Pueblos Mancomunados
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Convento de Cuilapam ©
Convento de Cuilapam

6
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 Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Las Animas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Vallarta: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Punta de Mita), Boca de Tomatlan Beach (in Boca de Tomatlan) and Spas (in Nuevo Vallarta). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the streets of El Centro, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa De Los Muertos.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Puerto Vallarta takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Oaxaca in October since evenings lows in Puerto Vallarta dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sayulita, Nuevo Vallarta, Boca de Tomatlan Beach, Playa Las Animas, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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. Explore hidden gems such as Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica and San Angel. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City holiday 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. When traveling from Puerto Vallarta in October, plan for little chillier days in Mexico City, with highs around 26°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 14°C. You will leave for home on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Neighborhoods
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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