35 days in Mexico Itinerary

35 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Tulum
— 4 nights
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
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Bus to Mérida Noreste, Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 2 nights
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Mexico City
— 4 nights
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Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 6 nights
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San Miguel de Allende
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cancun
— 4 nights
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Cozumel
— 4 nights
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Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (El Jaguar Dorado & Xcaret) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Sfer IK.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tulum road trip planning app.

Playa del Carmen to Tulum is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, and then contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza online visit planner.

Drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tulum in January since evenings lows in Chichen Itza dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Palenque

— 2 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 11th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Agua Clara, then stroll through Aluxes Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Palenque trip app.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Palenque by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chichen Itza to Palenque due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City trip maker app.

Getting from Palenque to Mexico City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Cabo San Lucas

— 5 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Jose del Cabo (Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach), Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery, &more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Solmar, and go for a stroll along the water at Medano Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip builder website.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Cabo San Lucas is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

Puerto Vallarta

— 6 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Explore Puerto Vallarta's surroundings by going to Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes) and El Buzo (in Bucerias). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, explore the striking landscape of Los Arcos, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and head outdoors with Bahía de Banderas.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 27:

San Miguel de Allende

— 4 nights
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.
San Miguel de Allende is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around El Charco del Ingenio, browse the exhibits of Fabrica La Aurora, make a trip to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Histórico Casa de Allende.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January: high temperatures in San Miguel de Allende hover around 27°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

Cancun

— 4 nights
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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cancun trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from San Miguel de Allende to Cancun takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Miguel de Allende to Cancun is 1 hour. In January, Cancun is somewhat warmer than San Miguel de Allende - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

Cozumel

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 8th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of Cozumel Pearl Farm. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef, learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and stop by Black Coral Shop.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cozumel road trip planner.

You can fly from Cancun to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.