20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
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Cozumel
— 1 night
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cozumel is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Cozumel is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Cozumel to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Fun & Games
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Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Miniature.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tulum driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
On the 6th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cancun planning tool.

Getting from Tulum to Cancun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cancun are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

2
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Palenque

Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): make a trip to Iglesia Santo Domingo and then don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, stroll through Aluxes, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Palenque trip itinerary app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cancun to Palenque in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cancun to Palenque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

3
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Mexico City

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, and examine the collection at Museo del Azucar.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Mexico City route planner.

Traveling by flight from Palenque to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): trot along with a tour on horseback, then stop by Colors, and then admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around El Charco del Ingenio, make a trip to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, and then get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende trip planning app.

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. When traveling from Mexico City in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Miguel de Allende, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

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Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
On the 15th (Tue), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, browse the exhibits of Galleria Dante, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in September, expect Puerto Vallarta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

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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.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the galleries of La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September in Cabo San Lucas, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

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.