22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Mazatlan
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
2
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h
5
Cancun
— 2 nights
6
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Guadalajara

1
night
Mazatlan

Mazatlan ©
Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mazatlan Cathedral and then explore the activities along Angela Peralta Theater (Teatro Angela Peralta).

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Mazatlan day trip app .

Guadalajara to Mazatlan is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Guadalajara to Mazatlan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Mazatlan is somewhat warmer than Guadalajara - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Olas Altas ©
Playa Olas Altas
Mazatlan Cathedral ©
Mazatlan Cathedral

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.
Let the collections at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Movimiento Art Gallery capture your imagination. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa del Amor and Medano Beach. Step out of Cabo San Lucas to go to San Jose del Cabo and see Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach), which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas travel route builder website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Mazatlan to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Jose del Cabo
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Zocalo. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, get a taste of the local shopping with Yawi Arte Tradicional, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, and view the masterpieces at Arto Otra.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mexico City online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City is 1 hour. While traveling from Cabo San Lucas, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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2
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas de Catazaja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of La Asuncion and then admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Palenque day trip site .

You can fly from Mexico City to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Playas de Catazaja
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Playas de Catazaja ©
Playas de Catazaja
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls

2
nights
Cancun

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 in touch with nature at Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. Punta Sur and Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Cancun with a short trip to Spas in Puerto Morelos, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Cancun takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November in Cancun, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Spas
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

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.
Get in touch with nature at Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Tulum Archaeological Site and Las Pinturas. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Chichen Itza (Temple of the Bearded Man, Chichen Itza, & more), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Playa del Carmen) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, shop like a local with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tulum road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Tulum sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Palancar. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at Cozumel Country Club, look for all kinds of wild species at Palancar Reef, and see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

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