21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Cancun
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cancun
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Mexico City
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Puebla
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Monterrey
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
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 28th (Mon), get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and then make a trip to Av Kukulkan.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cancun online trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cancun is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in October; daily highs in Cancun reach 86°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Av Kukulkan ©
Av Kukulkan

1
night
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida and then get in on the family fun at Xcaret Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks
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Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in an hour. October in Cozumel sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Zona Arqueológica del Cedral ©
Zona Arqueológica del Cedral

few
hours
Cancun

Cancun ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): hunt for treasures at Mercado 28 and then don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun road trip planning app .

You can fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cancun

Shopping
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Mercado 28 ©
Mercado 28
El Parque de las Palapas ©
El Parque de las Palapas

7
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City route tool .

Getting from Cancun to Mexico City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Mexico City. In October, Mexico City is slightly colder than Cancun - with highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Puebla

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Get out of town with these interesting Puebla side-trips: Zona Arqueológica de Cholula (in San Pedro Cholula), Murals of the Government Palace (in Tlaxcala) and Iglesia de Santa Maria Tonanzintla (in San Andres Cholula). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios, explore the world behind art at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, and see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo).

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Traveling by car from Mexico City to Puebla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. November in Puebla sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

San Pedro Cholula, Murals of the Government Palace, Tonantzintla
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Murals of the Government Palace ©
Murals of the Government Palace
Catedral Basilica de Puebla ©
Catedral Basilica de Puebla

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Arto Otra. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, then explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

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Traveling by car from Puebla to Mexico City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Monterrey.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Monterrey

Monterrey ©
An industrial powerhouse and a major transportation hub close to the Texas border, Monterrey offers visitors a blend of culture, art, and history.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo de Santa Lucia.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monterrey online route planner .

Getting from Mexico City to Monterrey by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterrey

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Parque Fundidora ©
Parque Fundidora
Parque Ecologico Chipinque ©
Parque Ecologico Chipinque
Paseo de Santa Lucia ©
Paseo de Santa Lucia

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