11 days in Mexico Itinerary

11 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 1 night
Fly
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Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Palenque
— 1 night
Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Tulum
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 1 night
Ferry to Playa del Carmen, Fly to Los Angeles

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Cabo San Lucas

— 1 night
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 5th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach), and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and then explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas online holiday planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cabo San Lucas, with lows of 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

Mexico City

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, then get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and finally admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cabo San Lucas, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Palenque

— 1 night
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, then don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then stroll through Aluxes Palenque.

Make your Palenque itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Mexico City to Palenque in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

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: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Miniature, get outside with Tankah, and stop by Kaahal Home Tulum.

Make your Tulum itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Tulum in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Palenque to Tulum, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Tulum are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:

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.
On the 14th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tulum in August, with highs in Chichen Itza at 92°F and lows at 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:

Cozumel

— 1 night
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 15th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Getting from Chichen Itza to Cozumel by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chichen Itza in August; daily highs in Cozumel reach 86°F and lows reach 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Zipline
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.