29 days in Mexico Itinerary

29 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
2
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
3
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
5
Palenque
— 3 nights
6
Cancun
— 3 nights
7
Tulum
— 5 nights
8
Cozumel
— 4 nights

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta online trip planner.

Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Guadalajara in November: highs in Puerto Vallarta hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Marietas Islands
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Vallarta Botanical Gardens ©
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Spas

4
nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Shark Diving and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Take a break from Cabo San Lucas with a short trip to Plaza Mijares in San Jose del Cabo, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and ride a horse along Cuadra San Francisco.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Cuadra San Francisco, Plaza Mijares
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Shark Diving
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Monte Alban, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and then examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Zocalo and then don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Cabo San Lucas to Oaxaca by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Mexican Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in November since evenings lows in Oaxaca dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palacio de Bellas Artes and Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the landmark architecture of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), examine the collection at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mexico City trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Oaxaca in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aluxes and Agua Azul Waterfalls. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Palenque trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Aluxes ©
Aluxes
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Sur and Playa Delfines. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun online travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Cancun takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Cancun due to the time zone difference. December in Cancun sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Punta Sur
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Swim with Dolphins
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

5
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ek Balam. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Off-Road Tours) and Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Miniature, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, and don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Ek Balam, Chichen Itza
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Amazing Cozumel Race and Paradise Beach Cozumel. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Santa Rosa Wall, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the world behind art at Galo Art Studio, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Cozumel sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Theme Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel

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