22 days in Mexico Itinerary

22 days in Mexico Itinerary

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22 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Mexico City
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Puebla
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Oaxaca
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
5
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 1 day
Bus:  3​h
6
Palenque
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Campeche
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Merida
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  18​h
End: Athens

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco, then view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and finally view the masterpieces at Whimsical Cabo. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke and then explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End).

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas trip planner .

Athens, Greece to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 9 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
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Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Postal, and finally see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum, then explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City holiday app .

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cabo San Lucas, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
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Puebla

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), get lost in a book at Biblioteca Palafoxiana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Andres Cholula, then delve into the distant past at Kabah, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo San Francisco Acatepec. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica de Puebla, examine the collection at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), and finally make a trip to Murals of the Government Palace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puebla trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Puebla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Mexico City in August, Puebla is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

San Pedro Cholula, Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala, Kabah
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra

1
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Oaxaca

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Monte Alban, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Soledad, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, then examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Oaxaca online road trip planner .

Getting from Puebla to Oaxaca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, Oaxaca is a bit warmer than Puebla - with highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Basilica de la Soledad ©
Basilica de la Soledad

1
day
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. On the 14th (Wed), examine the collection at Museo del Ambar, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas de Montebello, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo del Carmen.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Oaxaca in August; daily highs in San Cristobal de las Casas reach 38°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Palenque.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Nature Parks Museums
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Museo del Ambar ©
Museo del Ambar
Templo del Carmen ©
Templo del Carmen

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nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 15th (Thu), meet the residents at Aluxes Ecoparque, don't miss a visit to Palenque ruinas, and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Asuncion. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios, admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Palenque online journey builder .

Getting from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios

1
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Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Zona Arquelogica Edzna, see the interesting displays at Fuerte-Museo San Miguel, and then explore the ancient world of Balamku.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Campeche trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Palenque to Campeche by car takes about 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Campeche sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fuerte-Museo San Miguel
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Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Balamku ©
Balamku
Fuerte-Museo San Miguel ©
Fuerte-Museo San Miguel

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night
Merida

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mayapan Mayan Ruins and then make a trip to Ruta Puuc.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Merida online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Campeche to Merida in 2.5 hours. In August in Merida, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites
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Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc

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.
On the 19th (Mon), explore the ancient world of El Castillo, then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chichen Itza online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Merida to Chichen Itza in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. 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 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

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 20th (Tue): make a splash at Xel-Ha. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, and then look for gifts at La Llorona.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tulum trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in August, things will get little chillier in Tulum: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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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.
On the 22nd (Thu), put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, head outdoors with Water Spout, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): look for gifts at Black Coral Shop, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and finally explore and take pictures at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry 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 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

3
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Cancun (La Isla Shopping Village & Interactive Aquarium). Spend the 25th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: cool off at Xcaret Park, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in an hour. August in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cancun
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

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