31 days in Mexico Itinerary

31 days in Mexico Itinerary

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31 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
3
San Miguel de Allende
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Palenque
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7 h 15 min
6
Chichen Itza
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
7
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Jose del Cabo (Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach), Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, put a fun spin on your tour with A-maze-in Cabo Race, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chileno Beach, and look for gifts at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas day trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Mountain Standard Time is minus 17 hours. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Cabo San Lucas to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Jose del Cabo
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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
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Vallarta: Mega Comercial Mexicana (in Bucerias) and Playa La Lancha (in Punta de Mita). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, and browse the exhibits of Ro'Wo Galeria.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Marietas Islands, Mega Comercial Mexicana, Playa La Lancha
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Food Tours
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Queretaro City (Templo y ex-convento de la Santa Cruz de los Milagros & Museo de Arte Sacro) and Guanajuato (Alhondiga de Granaditas & Don Quixote Iconographic Museum (Museo Iconografico del Quijote)). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, walk around El Charco del Ingenio, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Jardin, and see the interesting displays at Museo La Esquina.

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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. While traveling from Puerto Vallarta, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in San Miguel de Allende, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Queretaro City, Guanajuato
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Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery ©
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately San Juan Teotihuacan away. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in August, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

4
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire the sheer force of La Asuncion, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aluxes Palenque, and examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Palenque journey maker site.

Fly from Mexico City to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes ©
Aluxes

1
day
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 22nd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables, then delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip planner.

Getting from Palenque to Chichen Itza by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Chichen Itza are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

4
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Amore Latino Tulum, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Playa del Carmen vacation tool.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in August: high temperatures in Playa del Carmen hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Tulum
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Sergio's Silver from Taxco, get outside with Playa Azul, and learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cozumel trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cozumel are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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