20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

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20 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cancun
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6​h
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Cozumel is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Cozumel at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the activities along Gran Cenote, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, and view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Tulum online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. September in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
On the 6th (Sun), fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

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You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September in Cancun, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Zipline
El Parque de las Palapas ©
El Parque de las Palapas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Asuncion. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aluxes Palenque, and then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Palenque trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cancun to Palenque takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Palenque is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes Palenque ©
Aluxes Palenque

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo, and look for gifts at Origen Mexico Artesanias.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City online holiday planner .

You can fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Mexico City are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
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.
On the 13th (Sun), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then stop by Colors, and then admire the landmark architecture of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around El Charco del Ingenio, then make a trip to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Jardin.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Miguel de Allende, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 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
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Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery ©
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

2
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.
On the 15th (Tue), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Dante, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta visit planning app .

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Miguel de Allende in September: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 36°C and lows are around 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
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Zipline
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): browse the exhibits of La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then steep yourself in history at Church of Saint Luke.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip planning website .

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. September in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Fishing Charters & Tours
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

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