22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Palenque
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + foot + bus:  7​h
6
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Mazatlan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Luke. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then stop by La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas trip website .

Vancouver, Canada to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Cabo San Lucas is 1 hour. Traveling from Vancouver in December, expect Cabo San Lucas to be warmer, temps between 29°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
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.
Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head off the coast to Marietas Islands, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta trip planner .

Fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

2
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
On the 3rd (Fri), view the masterpieces at Fabrica La Aurora, don't miss a visit to El Jardin, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo La Esquina, walk around El Charco del Ingenio, then don't miss a visit to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, and finally stop by Colors.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, things will get little chillier in San Miguel de Allende: highs are around 27°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Parks
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Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery ©
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
El Charco del Ingenio ©
El Charco del Ingenio

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.
Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City tour planner .

Drive from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in January, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

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
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 8th (Wed), admire the sheer force of La Asuncion, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then meet the residents at Aluxes Palenque. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, and then admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Palenque trip planner .

You can fly from Mexico City to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tulum.

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
Iglesia Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia Santo Domingo

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus & Chichen Itza), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Quinta Avenida, Xcaret Park, & more). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tulum vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Tulum takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, contemplate the long history of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, and stop by Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel visit app .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In January in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Cozumel

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

2
nights
Mazatlan

Mazatlan ©
Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Olas Altas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mazatlan Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Old Mazatlan. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Escarabajo Azul Galeria de Arte, then contemplate the long history of Angela Peralta Theater (Teatro Angela Peralta), then kick back and relax at Playa Las Gaviotas, and finally make a trip to Malecon.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mazatlan travel route planning site .

Fly from Cozumel to Mazatlan in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cozumel to Mazatlan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cozumel in January, Mazatlan is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Olas Altas ©
Playa Olas Altas
Mazatlan Cathedral ©
Mazatlan Cathedral
Old Mazatlan ©
Old Mazatlan

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