23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  26 h
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cancun online holiday planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Cancun, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cancun, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cancun in March, with highs in Chichen Itza at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dzibichaltun
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Fernando Rodriguez). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, admire the landmark architecture of Sfer IK, and stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum itinerary planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in March: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, and find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cozumel driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Cozumel are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Tours
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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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: San Juan Teotihuacan (Palacio de Tepantitla, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, &more). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and take in the exciting artwork at Yawi Arte Tradicional.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City tour app .

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cozumel in March, expect Mexico City to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

San Juan Teotihuacan
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, and head off the coast to Los Arcos.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta visit planner.

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. Traveling from Mexico City in March, Puerto Vallarta is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo to see Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, put a fun spin on your tour with A-maze-in Cabo Race, push the limits with an extreme tour, and ride a horse along Cuadra San Francisco.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas road trip planning site .

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cuadra San Francisco, Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
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A-maze-in Cabo Race ©
A-maze-in Cabo Race
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Fishing Charters & Tours

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