19 days in Mexico Itinerary

19 days in Mexico Itinerary

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1
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
3
Bacalar
— 2 nights
4
Calakmul
— 1 night
5
Palenque
— 3 nights
6
Mexico City
— 3 nights
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights

1
night
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 14th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and then wander the streets of Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza day trip tool.

Guadalajara to Chichen Itza is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Guadalajara to Chichen Itza. In August, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer than Guadalajara - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Felipe Carrillo Puerto
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Felipe Carrillo Puerto ©
Felipe Carrillo Puerto

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, head outdoors with Ana y Jose Beach Club, take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in August: high temperatures in Tulum hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Xcaret, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

2
nights
Bacalar

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. On the 19th (Wed), head outdoors with Estromatolitos and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of life in the country at Num Ka'an Ranch and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bacalar online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Tulum to Bacalar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tulum, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Calakmul.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Nature Tours
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Calakmul

Calakmul ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul and then delve into the distant past at Calakmul.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Calakmul road trip planner.

Drive from Bacalar to Calakmul in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Calakmul

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calakmul
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Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul ©
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul
Calakmul ©
Calakmul

3
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Palenque planning tool.

You can drive from Calakmul to Palenque in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Calakmul to Palenque is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha

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.
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. And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mexico City day trip planning site.

Fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Mexico City are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cabo San Lucas: San Jose del Cabo (Free Tour Cabo & Other Tours & Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, cool off at Los Cabos Tarzan Boats, push the limits with an extreme tour, and view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mexico City in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Cabo San Lucas, with highs around °C, while nights are warmer with lows around °C. On the 31st (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose del Cabo, Cuadra San Francisco
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Free Tour Cabo & Other Tours ©
Free Tour Cabo & Other Tours
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

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