20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

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20 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Dresden
Fly:  18​h
1
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
La Paz
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 15​min
5
Mahahual
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
Temozon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Dresden

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 21st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo de Frida Kahlo, then explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, then get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and finally explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mexico City sightseeing planner.

Dresden, Germany to Mexico City is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dresden to Mexico City is minus 7 hours. In May, Mexico City is somewhat warmer than Dresden - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan ©
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

2
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Estudio-Cafe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nuevo Vallarta Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in May; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Riviera Nayarit, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Diving and Spas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Church of Saint Luke. Step out of Cabo San Lucas to go to San Jose del Cabo and see Plaza Mijares, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Maria Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Amor.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip planner .

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Plaza Mijares
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Shark Diving
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
La Paz

It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
On the 28th (Tue), stop by La Paz Farmers Market, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then kick back and relax at Balandra Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then make a trip to Malecon.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Paz day trip planner.

You can drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in May: highs in La Paz hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
Mahahual

Mahahual ©
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maya Chan Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahahual road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from La Paz to Mahahual in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from La Paz to Mahahual due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mahahual, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Temozon.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Temozon

Temozon
Temozón Municipality is one of the 106 subdivisions of the State of Yucatán in Mexico. On the 31st (Fri), view the masterpieces at Casa de los Venados, then explore the ancient world of Ek Balam, and then delve into the distant past at Ek Balam.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Temozon attractions website .

Getting from Mahahual to Temozon by car takes about 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Temozon are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Temozon

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Ek Balam, Casa de los Venados
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados

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.
Explore hidden gems such as La Playa Xpuha and Mayan Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 1st (Sat) at Xel-Ha. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Gran Cenote and head outdoors with Cenote Tak Be Ha.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip tool .

Traveling by car from Temozon to Tulum takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Temozon in May, with highs in Tulum at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Xel-Ha, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, La Playa Xpuha
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

4
nights
Cozumel

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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Columbia Reef and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 7th (Fri) at some of the best spas. The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Palancar Reef, see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip planner .

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

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