33 days in Mexico Itinerary

33 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
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Cancun
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Fly to Mahahual
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Mahahual
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 5 nights
Fly
6
Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly to Tampico, Taxi to Ciudad Valles
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Ciudad Valles
— 2 nights
Taxi to Tampico, Fly to La Paz
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La Paz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
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Cancun

— 3 nights
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.
Visit Playa Delfines and Playa Tortugas for some beach relaxation. Visit Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Zona Arqueologica El Rey for their historical value. Step out of Cancun to go to Puerto Morelos and see National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cancun driving holiday website.

London, UK to Cancun is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cancun. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Cancun reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Isla Mujeres

— 2 nights
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, and then explore the gorgeous colors at El Farito. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Norte and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

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Traveling by ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Isla Mujeres are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Mahahual

— 2 nights
A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Maya Chan Beach and then experience the excitement of Mayahual Golf Carts in Costa Maya. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mahahual and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mahahual trip website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Isla Mujeres to Mahahual in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Tulum

— 5 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Paradise Beach. Ek Balam and Plataforma de Venus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Tulum to go to Chichen Itza and see Chichen Itza, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Aktun Chen, admire the landmark architecture of Sfer Ik Tulum, and don't miss a visit to Piramide del Pensamiento Positivo.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum tour planning site.

Getting from Mahahual to Tulum by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Mahahual in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tulum: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 13:

Cozumel

— 5 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Palancar Reef and Isla Pasion. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Santa Rosa Wall, head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel, kick back and relax at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, and stroll through Playa El Cielo.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. October in Cozumel sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chapultepec Castle and Museo del Templo Mayor. Do some cultural sightseeing at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Palacio de Tepantitla about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Center (Centro Historico), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa Luis Barragan, and explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Mexico City holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Mexico City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cozumel in October, expect Mexico City to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Ciudad Valles.

Things to do in Mexico City

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:

Ciudad Valles

— 2 nights
Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Tamtoc Archaeological Site and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huasteca Potosina. On your second day here, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ciudad Valles tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mexico City to Ciudad Valles in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Ciudad Valles

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

La Paz

— 2 nights
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Isla Espiritu Santo and then head outdoors with Playa El Tecolote (Tecolote Beach).

Before you visit La Paz, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ciudad Valles to La Paz takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in La Paz are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Cabo San Lucas

— 5 nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa del Amor. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Chileno Beach and Medano Beach. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, push the limits with an extreme tour, cool off at Los Cabos Tarzan Boats, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas online trip planner.

You can drive from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from La Paz in October, plan for little chillier days in Cabo San Lucas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.