33 days in Mexico Itinerary

33 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Fly:  21 h
1
Mexico City
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Tapachula
— 3 nights
Drive:  10 h
3
Palenque
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  8 h 15 min
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Cancun
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Tulum
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  27 h
End: Brisbane


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7
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mexico City: Spanish Language Institute - Day Course (in Cuernavaca) and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, and take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City online travel planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Brisbane to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mexico City, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Tapachula.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, 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
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

3
nights
Tapachula

Tapachula ©
Tapachula de Córdova y Ordóñez, simply known as Tapachula, is a city and municipality located in the far southwest of the state of Chiapas in Mexico, near the Guatemalan border and the Pacific Ocean. Step out of Tapachula with an excursion to Volcan Tacana in Union Juarez--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Planetary Cobach, explore the ancient world of Izapa Ruins, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia la Luz del Mundo, and take a leisurely stroll along Puerto Madero.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tapachula trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Mexico City to Tapachula with the Route module. When traveling from Mexico City in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tapachula, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. You'll set off for Palenque on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Tapachula

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Volcan Tacana
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Volcan Tacana ©
Volcan Tacana
Izapa Ruins ©
Izapa Ruins
Miguel Hidalgo Central Park ©
Miguel Hidalgo Central Park

1
night
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 13th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes, then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha, then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Palenque trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tapachula to Palenque in 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes ©
Aluxes

5
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 these side-trips from Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes) and Bucerias (A Broken Art & Jan Marie Bourtique Gallery). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta driving holiday planning tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Puerto Vallarta in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Puerto Vallarta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bucerias, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
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Food Tours
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, and explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

7
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: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, don't miss a visit to Casita Xaman, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tulum tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, then explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the ancient world of Dzibichaltun.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip planner.

Drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in October, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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