33 days in Mexico Itinerary

33 days in Mexico Itinerary

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33 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  24​h
1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Cancun
— 3 nights
3
Tulum
— 4 nights
4
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 15​min
5
Palenque
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Mexico City
— 4 nights
7
San Miguel de Allende
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Visit Playa Palancar and El Mirador for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Galo Art Studio. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, admire all the interesting features of Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, and take in the exciting artwork at BALAM Art Painted on Feathers.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip itinerary planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Cozumel is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Cozumel, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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El Mirador ©
El Mirador
Spas
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

3
nights
Cancun

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Isla Shopping Village and El Rey Archaeological Zone. Venture out of the city with trips to Puerto Morelos (Croco Cun Zoo & Spas) and Captain Dulche's Museum (in Isla Mujeres). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, take in panoramic vistas at Torre Escenica, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cancun trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Spas
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Go for a jaunt from Tulum to Xpu-Ha to see La Playa Xpuha about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers, head outdoors with Cenote Tak Be Ha, and kick back and relax at Mayan Beach.

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Drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tulum are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, La Playa Xpuha, Akumal Beach
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La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Casa de los Venados, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo, look for all kinds of wild species at Xkopek Parque Apicola, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza journey tool .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valladolid
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Agua Azul Waterfalls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier" and Iglesia Santo Domingo. Change things up with a short trip to Playas de Catazaja in Catazaja (about 52 minutes away). There's more to do: get to know the resident critters at Aluxes Palenque and admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls.

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Getting from Chichen Itza to Palenque by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chichen Itza to Palenque. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Playas de Catazaja
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Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo de Frida Kahlo, get a taste of the local shopping with Coyoacan, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City trip planner.

Getting from Palenque to Mexico City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Ciudad Universitaria ©
Ciudad Universitaria
Historic Center (Centro Historico) ©
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan

4
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
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.
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and Museo Regional are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fabrica La Aurora and Ignacio Allende House (Casa de Ignacio Allende). Venture out of the city with trips to Dolores Hidalgo (Vinedos Cuna de Tierra, Casa Museo Jose Alfredo Jimenez, & more). The adventure continues: make a trip to El Jardin, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Divino, go for a walk through El Mirador, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Teatro de la Republica.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende road trip site .

You can drive from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in San Miguel de Allende can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Queretaro City, Dolores Hidalgo
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Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and El Centro. Get a sense of the local culture at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Old Vallarta. Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Vallarta side-trips: Majahuitas Beach (in Majahuitas), Platanitos Playa Beach (in Platanitos) and Playa Las Animas (in Cabo Corrientes). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Los Muertos Beach, and wander the streets of Olas Altas.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in January, expect Puerto Vallarta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Majahuitas Beach, Playa Las Animas, Platanitos Playa Beach
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Food Tours
Playa Las Animas ©
Playa Las Animas
El Centro ©
El Centro

3
nights
Cabo San Lucas

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) and La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. Get some cultural insight at Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery and Parroquia San Jose. Change things up with these side-trips from Cabo San Lucas: San Jose del Cabo (101artgalleries & Spas) and Todos Santos (Playa Los Cerritos & La Candelaria). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Cabo San Lucas and enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Maria Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas. In January in Cabo San Lucas, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Jose del Cabo, Todos Santos
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Playa Los Cerritos ©
Playa Los Cerritos
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach

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