23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Cancun
— 2 nights
2
Tulum
— 3 nights
3
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Guadalajara
— 1 night
7
Monterrey
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Punta Sur and El Rey Archaeological Zone. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun, and browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun travel itinerary planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Cancun is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. Tulum Art Club and IK Lab will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba (about 48 minutes away). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 16th (Tue) at Xel-Ha. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Akumal Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers, get outside with Cenote Tak Be Ha, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tulum journey site .

Drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Get in touch with nature at Cenote Ik kil and Cenote Palomitas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chichen Itza: Valladolid (Xkopek Parque Apicola, Cenote Xkeken, & more) and Cenote Hubiku (in Temozon).

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip planner.

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in July, expect Chichen Itza to be somewhat warmer, temps between 92°F and 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Valladolid, Cenote Hubiku, Ek Balam
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa del Amor and Medano Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Saint Luke and 100 % Mexico Hecho a Mano. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, get interesting insight from Tours, and get a taste of the local shopping with Golden Cactus Gallery.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas road trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Cabo San Lucas in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Chichen Itza to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Swim with Dolphins
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). You'll explore and learn at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and National Palace (Palacio Nacional). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo de Frida Kahlo, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, get a taste of the local shopping with Arto Otra, and view the masterpieces at Yawi Arte Tradicional.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in July, you will find days in Mexico City are little chillier (74°F), and nights are colder (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalajara Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Chapala Malecon, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Romantic Lake Chapala. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Expiatory Temple, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Huichol Wixarica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Zapopan, and finally explore the world behind art at Palacio de Gobierno.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Guadalajara trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Guadalajara takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in July: highs in Guadalajara hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Monterrey.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Chapala Malecon
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Palacio de Gobierno ©
Palacio de Gobierno
Basilica de Zapopan ©
Basilica de Zapopan

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas de Garcia, get to know the fascinating history of Paseo de Santa Lucia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Senora de Monterrey, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Acero Horno 3. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Desierto.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monterrey online itinerary planner .

Getting from Guadalajara to Monterrey by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterrey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo del Desierto, Cascada Cola de Caballo
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Grutas de Garcia ©
Grutas de Garcia
Museo del Desierto ©
Museo del Desierto
Paseo de Santa Lucia ©
Paseo de Santa Lucia

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