28 days in Mexico Itinerary

28 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico route planner

Make it your trip
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Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Miguel de Allende
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Juan Teotihuacan
— 2 nights
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Pedro Cholula
— 2 nights
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Palenque
— 2 nights
Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Tulum
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 4 nights
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Puerto Vallarta

— 3 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Ro'Wo Galeria. Museum-lovers will get to explore Galleria Dante and Puerto Vallarta Art Walk (Start Point). Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the striking landscape at Los Arcos de Mismaloya.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

Newark, USA to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, Puerto Vallarta is warmer than Newark - with highs of 80°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Shopping · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

San Miguel de Allende

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo La Esquina and Museo Regional de Guanajuato Alhondiga de Granaditas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and El Jardin. Get out of town with these interesting San Miguel de Allende side-trips: Guanajuato (Artlalli, Museo Iconografico del Quijote, &more). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Fabrica La Aurora, take in the exciting artwork at Josefina Membrila Fine Art, take an in-depth tour of Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, and stroll around El Charco del Ingenio.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, San Miguel de Allende is a bit cooler than Puerto Vallarta - with highs of 74°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

San Juan Teotihuacan

— 2 nights
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museo Manuel Gamio Centro de Estudios Teotihuacanos and then contemplate the long history of Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Teotihuacan Pyramids, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, and then delve into the distant past at Palacio de Tepantitla.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan Teotihuacan road trip website.

Traveling by flight from San Miguel de Allende to San Juan Teotihuacan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

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. Visit Museo del Templo Mayor and National Palace (Palacio Nacional) for their historical value. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City attractions planner.

You can drive from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Pedro Cholula.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:

San Pedro Cholula

— 2 nights
On the 31st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Andres Cholula, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo San Francisco Acatepec, pause for some serene contemplation at Tonantzintla, then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ex-Convento de San Gabriel and then get impressive views of Popocatepetl.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Pedro Cholula road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Pedro Cholula takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly to Palenque.

Things to do in San Pedro Cholula

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:

Palenque

— 2 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier". Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, then see the interesting displays at Museo Del Textil, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Palenque trip planner.

Getting from San Pedro Cholula to Palenque by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Palenque

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get some cultural insight at Tulum Archaeological Site and Ek Balam. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and Las Pinturas. Step out of Tulum to go to Playa del Carmen and see Xcaret, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Amore Latino Tulum, enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum driving holiday planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Tulum in 6 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. In February in Tulum, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

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.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chichen Itza travel site.

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer than Tulum - with highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:

Cozumel

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Punta Molas Faro. Appreciate the collections at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Galo Art Studio Cozumel Art. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Nudo Marineri, and find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel travel route builder.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Chichen Itza to Cozumel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, Cozumel is a bit cooler than Chichen Itza - with highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.