25 days in Mexico Itinerary

25 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Wellington
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
4
Oaxaca
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): whizz through the canopy 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Xcacel Beach.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Cancun is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Wellington to Cancun, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Wellington in September; daily highs in Cancun reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Museums Tours

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.
You've now added Tulum Archaeological Site to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos. Get outdoors at Chikin Ha and Gran Cenote. Venture out of the city with trips to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tulum are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Chichen Itza and Ek Balam are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore 3D Museum of Wonders and Museo Frida Kahlo. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Cozumel (Palancar Reef & Columbia Reef). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen itinerary planner.

Drive from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for Oaxaca on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cozumel, Ek Balam, Chichen Itza
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia 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 Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Convento de Cuilapam and Basilica de la Soledad. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoparque Mixteca Alta, hike along Pueblos Mancomunados, and kick back and relax at Playa La Bocana.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Playa del Carmen to Oaxaca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Oaxaca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Playa del Carmen in September since evenings lows in Oaxaca dip to 18°C. You'll set off for Puerto Vallarta on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Oaxaca

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Geoparque Mixteca Alta, Playa La Bocana
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Geoparque Mixteca Alta
Geoparque Mixteca Alta
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and El Centro. Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Playa De Los Muertos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Vallarta: Playa Las Animas (in Cabo Corrientes), Boca de Tomatlan Beach (in Boca de Tomatlan) and Spas (in Nuevo Vallarta). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a stroll through Olas Altas, get to know the fascinating history of Old Vallarta, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta travel planner.

Fly from Oaxaca to Puerto Vallarta in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Puerto Vallarta. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Playa Las Animas, Boca de Tomatlan Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Playa De Los Muertos
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Las Animas ©
Playa Las Animas

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica and San Angel. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City online itinerary planner.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Puerto Vallarta, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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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