20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

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20 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
La Paz
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Holbox Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
7
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Mahahual
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  23 h
End: London

2
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, look for all kinds of wild species at La Condesa, then examine the collection at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, then admire the striking features of Ciudad Universitaria, and finally wander the streets of San Angel. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Cineteca Nacional, make a trip to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, then admire the landmark architecture of Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, and finally delve into the distant past at Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mexico City itinerary builder site .

London, UK to Mexico City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 30°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Neighborhoods Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada
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La Condesa ©
La Condesa
San Angel ©
San Angel
Ciudad Universitaria ©
Ciudad Universitaria

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Maria Beach and Parroquia San Jose. You'll get in some beach time at Bay of Cabo San Lucas and Divorce beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cabo San Lucas: Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) (in San Jose del Cabo) and Playa Los Cerritos (in Todos Santos). And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Solmar, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas online trip maker .

You can fly from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in May since evenings lows in Cabo San Lucas dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose del Cabo, Playa Los Cerritos
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Shark Diving
Playa Los Cerritos ©
Playa Los Cerritos
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach

2
nights
La Paz

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.
On the 29th (Fri), get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Coromuel, then enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach, and finally make a trip to Kiosco del Malecon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): kick back and relax at Ensenada Grande, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Paz online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cabo San Lucas in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in La Paz, with highs around 40°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Balandra Beach
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach
Kiosco del Malecon ©
Kiosco del Malecon

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa De Los Muertos. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Las Animas and Punta De Mita. Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Vallarta side-trips: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Punta de Mita) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Sayulita). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a stroll through El Centro.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from La Paz to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in May, you will find days in Puerto Vallarta are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (26°C). On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Las Animas, Playa De Los Muertos, Swim with Dolphins, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Las Animas ©
Playa Las Animas
Swim with Dolphins

3
nights
Cozumel

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel, explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef, take in the exciting artwork at BALAM Art Painted on Feathers, then see the vivid underwater world at El Paso del Cedral Reef, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Yucab Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): stroll through Playa de San Martin, kick back and relax at El Mirador, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Cielo.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef
El Mirador ©
El Mirador

1
night
Holbox Island

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with La Choza de Fito and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Holbox Island, explore and take pictures at Punta Mosquito, and then identify plant and animal life at Refugio Holbox.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Holbox Island trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cozumel to Holbox Island. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Holbox Island ©
Holbox Island

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Car Wash. On the next day, stroll through Mayan Beach, delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, and finally Head underground at Cenote Santa Cruz.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum route maker app .

Explore your travel options from Holbox Island to Tulum with the Route module. In June in Tulum, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cenote Santa Cruz, Scuba & Snorkeling
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LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach
Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz

1
night
Mahahual

Mahahual ©
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 10th (Wed): look for gifts at Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mahahual Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mahahual online travel planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Mahahual in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Tulum in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mahahual: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mahahual Beach ©
Mahahual Beach

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