26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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26 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
4
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
5
Tulum
— 4 nights
6
Cancun
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Lisbon

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palancar Reef. Relax by the water at Playa Palancar and The Cabana Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Cozumel Country Club, identify plant and animal life at Cozumel Pearl Farm, see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cozumel day trip app .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cozumel is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Cozumel. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lisbon in October, with highs in Cozumel at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Zocalo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center (Centro Historico), delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mexico City tour itinerary app .

You can fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cozumel in October, things will get slightly colder in Mexico City: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

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
Zocalo ©
Zocalo

4
nights
Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas ©
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa del Amor and Medano Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Saint Luke and Golden Cactus Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Mi Casa Azul Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach, view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas day trip planner .

You can fly from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Cabo San Lucas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mi Casa Azul Art Gallery
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Fishing Charters & Tours
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cenote Ik kil and Cenote Xkeken. Get a sense of the local culture at Chichen Itza and Dzibichaltun. Explore Chichen Itza's surroundings by going to Santuario de los Santos Reyes (in Tizimin), Zazil Tunich (in Valladolid) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chichen Itza visit planning app .

Getting from Cabo San Lucas to Chichen Itza by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Chichen Itza, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in Chichen Itza. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valladolid, Ek Balam, Dzibichaltun, Santuario de los Santos Reyes
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tulum Archaeological Site and Las Pinturas. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Paradise Beach and Mayan Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Playa del Carmen). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Akumal Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and take in the exciting artwork at Tulum Art Club.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tulum online trip builder .

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, plan for little chillier nights in Tulum, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. Get some cultural insight at La Isla Shopping Village and Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Puerto Morelos) and Punta Sur (in Isla Mujeres). There's still lots to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Tortugas, explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone, and play a few rounds at Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cancun day trip planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Spas
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

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