22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
2
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
3
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Zagreb

3
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.
Attractions like La Isla Shopping Village and Interactive Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cancun itinerary planner.

Zagreb, Croatia to Cancun is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zagreb to Cancun. Traveling from Zagreb in August, things will get a bit warmer in Cancun: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

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 Norte ©
Playa Norte

1
night
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 (Thu): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza visit planner.

Getting from Cancun to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenote Yokdzonot, Dzibichaltun
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

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.
Kids will enjoy Xcaret Park and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Playa del Carmen) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip maker website .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, Tulum is little chillier than Chichen Itza - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

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.
Attractions like Playa Palancar and Discover Mexico Park Cozumel make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) (in Puebla) and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, stroll around Bosque de Chapultepec, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

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Fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cozumel in August, expect Mexico City to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario)
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and then take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally head off the coast to Los Arcos.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta online trip builder .

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in September: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Chileno Beach and Playa del Amor. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, steep yourself in history at Church of Saint Luke, and view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas vacation maker website .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

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