30 days in Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Mexico Itinerary

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30 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h
1
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Oaxaca
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h
4
Comitan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Palenque
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 30​min
6
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Holbox Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
8
Tulum
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
9
Bacalar
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney


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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.
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: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), steep yourself in history at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Mexico City reach 26°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes (about 58 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, stop by Sucesos Art-Wear Boutique, don't miss a visit to Plaza Lazaro Cardenas, and head off the coast to Marietas Islands.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta journey website .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in January; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
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Zipline
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

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.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, classes, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, take in nature's colorful creations at Ethnobotanical Garden, and admire the striking features of Basilica de la Soledad.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Oaxaca in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January since evenings lows in Oaxaca dip to 10°C. You will leave for Comitan on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Oaxaca

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

2
nights
Comitan

Comitan ©
Comitán is the fourth-largest city in the Mexican state of Chiapas. On the 9th (Thu), explore the activities along Lagunas de Montebello National Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada El Chiflon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lagos de Montebello.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Comitan trip itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oaxaca to Comitan. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Comitan

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lagos de Montebello
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Cascada El Chiflon ©
Cascada El Chiflon
Lagunas de Montebello National Park ©
Lagos de Montebello ©
Lagos de Montebello

2
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 11th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Aluxes Palenque and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Palenque online trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Comitan to Palenque with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Palenque

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

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.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, and finally explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Balankanche Cave, explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun, and then delve into the distant past at Ake's Mayan ruins.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Chichen Itza in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Palenque to Chichen Itza is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Yokdzonot
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

3
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Spend the 17th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Holbox Island online driving holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chichen Itza to Holbox Island. Expect little chillier evenings in Holbox Island when traveling from Chichen Itza in January, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tulum trip builder website .

Explore your travel options from Holbox Island to Tulum with the Route module. January in Tulum sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar. On your second day here, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bacalar trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Bacalar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Tulum in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 21°C at night. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bacalar

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben, Museum de la cultura maya
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben ©
Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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