33 days in Mexico Itinerary

33 days in Mexico Itinerary

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33 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Bacalar
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
7
Tulum
— 4 nights
8
Cancun
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Cozumel
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End) and Cuadra San Francisco. Take a break from Cabo San Lucas with a short trip to Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) in San Jose del Cabo, about 30 minutes away. On the 20th (Sun), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Playa del Amor (Lover's Beach). Spend the 21st (Mon) amid the bustling waterfront activity at Medano Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, view the masterpieces at Arte de Origen, and stroll through Santa Maria Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas vacation planner.

London, UK to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in Cabo San Lucas at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach), Cuadra San Francisco
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Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Swim with Dolphins

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bosque de Chapultepec and Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), explore the ancient world of Templo Mayor Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and contemplate the long history of Chapultepec Castle.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car ferry; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cabo San Lucas, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Bosque de Chapultepec ©
Bosque de Chapultepec
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve ©

4
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa de los Muertos and Los Arcos. On the 1st (Thu), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Bucerias. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk, make a trip to Marina Vallarta, head off the coast to Marietas Islands, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta vacation trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in November: highs in Puerto Vallarta hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Bucerias
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Los Muertos Beach ©
Los Muertos Beach
Zipline
Los Arcos ©
Los Arcos

1
night
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 3rd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bacalar trip builder.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Bacalar in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Bacalar, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to do a combination of to Calakmul.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature Parks Museums
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe

1
night
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul and then look for all kinds of wild species at Calakmul Archaeological Zone.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Calakmul trip builder.

Getting from Bacalar to Calakmul by combination of takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Calakmul can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Calakmul

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
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Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

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 5th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, then explore the ancient world of Edzna, and then explore the activities along Lago Bacalar (Lake of the Seven Colors). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Xkeken Cenote and then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chichen Itza travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of from Calakmul to Chichen Itza in 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a combination of to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Xkeken
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken

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 out of the city life by going to Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Zipline. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling & Quinta Avenida). On the 10th (Sat), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Playa Paraiso. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Xel-Ha, explore the ancient world of Ruinas Mayas de Tulum, explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote, and enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Traveling from Chichen Itza in December, things will get a bit cooler in Tulum: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 outdoors at Swim with Dolphins and Playa Delfines. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte, Punta Sur, & more). Spend the 15th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the pleasant sights at Avenida Kukulkan, explore the ancient world of El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey), and hunt for treasures at Mercado 28.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cancun sightseeing planner.

Traveling by taxi from Tulum to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Cancun, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Faro Celerain Eco Park. On the 18th (Sun), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Playa Palancar. On the 19th (Mon), spend a day among the vivid marine life at Chankanaab Reef. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Palancar Reef, explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef, look for gifts at Diamonds International, and learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip generator.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Chankanaab Reef ©
Chankanaab Reef

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