26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport
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Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cozumel
— 3 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Bus to Mérida Noreste, Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 1 night
Fly
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Mexico City
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Ontario

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Puerto Vallarta

— 4 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes) and Mega Comercial Mexicana (in Bucerias). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to Plaza Lazaro Cardenas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta itinerary site.

Ontario, USA to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ontario in January; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 80°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:

Cozumel

— 3 nights
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, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chankanaab Reef, and explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel vacation builder.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Tulum

— 5 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen & Xcaret). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tulum vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Tulum are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, and then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza vacation maker app.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulum in February; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 87°F and lows reach 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:

Palenque

— 1 night
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Palenque trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Palenque in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chichen Itza to Palenque is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:

Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mexico City online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Palenque to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Mexico City sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

San Miguel de Allende

— 3 nights
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.
San Miguel de Allende is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around El Charco del Ingenio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Canada de la Virgen, get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende road trip planning app.

You can drive from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in San Miguel de Allende are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

Cabo San Lucas

— 4 nights
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Cabo San Lucas is known for wildlife, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Medano Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas travel route planner.

You can fly from San Miguel de Allende to Cabo San Lucas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Cabo San Lucas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.