21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  7​h
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Merida
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
6
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Havana, Cuba

3
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.
Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, stroll through Playa Delfines, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and go for a walk through Av Kukulkan.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cancun road trip planning website .

New York City, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cozumel holiday app .

You can drive from Cancun to Cozumel in 3 hours. In August in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

2
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park & Scuba & Snorkeling). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and explore the activities along Casa Cenote.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Tulum trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by car takes about 2.5 hours. August in Tulum sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Merida

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, then explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, and then don't miss a visit to Paseo de Montejo.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Merida driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Merida takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Tulum in August, you will find days in Merida are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums
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Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Plaza Grande ©
Plaza Grande
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

2
nights
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Monte Alban, then make a trip to Zocalo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oaxaca trip planner.

You can fly from Merida to Oaxaca in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Merida to Oaxaca. Traveling from Merida in August, things will get little chillier in Oaxaca: highs are around 34°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

4
nights
Mexico City

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, and take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Mexico City day trip planning site .

You can fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Oaxaca in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
nights
Guadalajara

Guadalajara ©
One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, see a show at Teatro Degollado, pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalajara Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Basilica de Zapopan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Expiatory Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Romantic Lake Chapala, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico Guadalajara, and then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Gobierno.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Guadalajara route planner .

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Guadalajara takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Guadalajara are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Palacio de Gobierno ©
Palacio de Gobierno
Basilica de Zapopan ©
Basilica de Zapopan

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): view the masterpieces at Abdallahy 4D, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then look for gifts at Art in Amber, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours and then head off the coast to Marietas Islands.

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Getting from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, Puerto Vallarta is a bit warmer than Guadalajara - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Marietas Islands, Art in Amber
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

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