21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  21 h 15 min
1
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Mahahual
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: New Delhi

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Palancar Reef and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sergio's Silver from Taxco and Galo Art Studio. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Santa Rosa Wall, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get outside with Paradise Beach Cozumel.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel tour planning tool .

New Delhi, India to Cozumel is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from New Delhi to Cozumel. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in January: high temperatures in Cozumel hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Punta Sur Eco Beach Park ©
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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.
Visiting Playa Delfines and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos will get you outdoors. Head to La Isla Shopping Village and Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeresfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Isla Brewing Company & Punta Sur). There's still lots to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun road trip planning website .

Getting from Cozumel to Cancun by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
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Shark Diving
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
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 outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Gran Cenote. Head to MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Kaahal Home Tulumfor plenty of shopping. When in Tulum, make a side trip to see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tulum online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Tulum sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
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 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maya Chan Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mahahual trip itinerary app .

Getting from Tulum to Mahahual by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Tulum in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Mahahual, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo Frida Kahlo. Do your shopping at Coyoacan and Arto Otra. Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mahahual to Mexico City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mahahual in January: highs in Mexico City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and then get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nuevo Vallarta Beach and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary maker tool .

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. In January, Puerto Vallarta is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Nuevo Vallarta Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Chileno Beach. Get some cultural insight at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Playa del Amor, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas online trip maker .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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