35 days in Mexico Itinerary

35 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Playa del Carmen
— 7 nights
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Tulum
— 6 nights
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Oaxaca
— 4 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 7 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 7 nights
Fly to Cancun, Ferry to Isla Mujeres
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Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Fly to London Gatwick

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Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen vacation planning tool.

London, UK to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Playa del Carmen, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, expect Playa del Carmen to be much hotter, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 11:

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Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Aktun Chen (in Akumal). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, take a tour by water with Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tulum day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Tulum takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 17:

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Oaxaca

Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, take in nature's colorful creations at Ethnobotanical Garden, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, and make a trip to Zocalo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Oaxaca trip planner.

You can fly from Tulum to Oaxaca in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oaxaca when traveling from Tulum in December, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

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Mexico City

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mexico City: San Juan Teotihuacan (Teotihuacan Pyramids & Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Oaxaca, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 28:

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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 out of town with these interesting Puerto Vallarta side-trips: Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes) and Museo Casa Tequilera (in Bucerias). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect Puerto Vallarta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 4:

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Isla Mujeres

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.
On the 4th (Mon), make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative, then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at Garrafon Natural Reef Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Isla Brewing Company.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Puerto Vallarta to Isla Mujeres takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Isla Mujeres, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

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.