31 days in Mexico Itinerary

31 days in Mexico Itinerary

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31 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 45​min
3
Isla Mujeres
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cancun
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Merida
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Mexico City

4
nights
Cozumel

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chankanaab Reef and San Francisco Reef. The Mayan Cacao Company and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: tour the depths of the sea with a submarine tour, see the vivid underwater world at El Paso del Cedral Reef, stop by Sergio's Silver from Taxco, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise (Paraiso) Reef.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Cozumel driving holiday tool .

Mexico City to Cozumel is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cozumel when traveling from Mexico City in April, with lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Chankanaab Reef ©
Chankanaab Reef
San Francisco Reef ©
San Francisco Reef
El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ek Balam and Cenotes Sac Actun. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cenote Hubiku and 3D Museum of Wonders. Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Valladolid (Museo de San Roque & Palacio Municipal). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, and explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum tour planner .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in April, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Valladolid, Cenote Hubiku, 3D Museum of Wonders, Ek Balam
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cenote Hubiku ©
Cenote Hubiku

1
night
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel, then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres visit planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Scuba & Snorkeling
Guadalupe Chapel ©
Guadalupe Chapel

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shark Diving and Mayan Museum of Cancun. Get some historical perspective at El Rey Archaeological Zone and Scorpion’s Temple. Take a break from Cancun with a short trip to National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos in Puerto Morelos, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cancun are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Merida.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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Shark Diving
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Merida

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Casa Montejo and Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. Visit Uxmal and Mayapan Mayan Ruins for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Merida: Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena (in Santa Elena) and Convento de San Antonio de Padua (in Izamal). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, and make a trip to Arch Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Merida trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Cancun to Merida by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Cancun in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Merida, with highs around 99°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Convento de San Antonio de Padua, Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, Uxmal
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and then steep yourself in history at Monte Alban. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua and then see the interesting displays at Oaxaca Textile Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Oaxaca trip planner .

You can fly from Merida to Oaxaca in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Merida to Oaxaca is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Merida in April, things will get a bit cooler in Oaxaca: highs are around 92°F and lows about 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

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.
Appreciate the collections at Palacio de Bellas Artes and Museo Frida Kahlo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chapultepec Castle and Palacio Postal. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Soumaya, don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Reforma, delve into the distant past at Sitio Arqueologico de Chapultepec, and explore the galleries of Museo del Templo Mayor.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Oaxaca in April: highs in Mexico City hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Soumaya ©
Museo Soumaya

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Old Vallarta. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Swim with Dolphins. Venture out of the city with trips to Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes) and Nuevo Vallarta Beach (in Nuevo Vallarta). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, look for gifts at Paradise Plaza Shopping Center Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, and head off the coast to Marietas Islands.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta online tour itinerary planner .

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. Traveling from Mexico City in April, Puerto Vallarta is a bit warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Marietas Islands, Kayaking & Canoeing, Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Swim with Dolphins

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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo de Historia Natural and Old Town Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Parroquia San Jose. Go for a jaunt from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo to see 101artgalleries about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the waterfront activity at Marina Cabo San Lucas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas online road trip planner .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in April, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

San Jose del Cabo
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Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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