25 days in Mexico Itinerary

25 days in Mexico Itinerary

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25 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cancun
— Few hours
car:  4​h 30​min
2
Holbox Island
— 4 nights
car:  12​h
3
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Cancun
— Few hours
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
6
Palenque
— 2 nights
shuttle:  10​h
7
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
9
Yelapa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Puerto Vallarta
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
12
Puerto Angel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
13
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
14
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Budapest


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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village and then see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cancun trip planning app .

Budapest, Hungary to Cancun is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Budapest in December, expect Cancun to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Cancun

Shopping Museums
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La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

4
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Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
For shopping fun, head to Papa Rana Holbox Logo Shop or La Choza de Fito. Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Punta Mosquito.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Holbox Island trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cancun to Holbox Island. December in Holbox Island sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas

2
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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Cenote Santa Cruz, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum online trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Holbox Island to Tulum. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cenote Santa Cruz
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Shark Diving
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach

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night
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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen and then admire the masterpieces at Frida Kahlo Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Ambarte ©
Ambarte
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen ©
Frida Kahlo Museum ©
Frida Kahlo Museum

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Cancun

Cancun ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Marlin and then see the interesting displays at Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Cancun trip planner .

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cancun takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cancun

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Playa Marlin ©
Playa Marlin
Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun ©
Ka'Yok' Planetario de Cancun

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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 21st (Sat), delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Palenque trip simple and quick.

Getting from Cancun to Palenque by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Palenque

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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2
nights
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 22nd (Sun), examine the collection at Kakaw Museo del Cacao & Chocolateria Cultural, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center, then explore the galleries of Arteria Chiapas, and finally see the interesting displays at Steps in San Cristobal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museo Jtatik Samuel, then examine the collection at Museo de Trajes Regionales, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Cristobal de las Casas online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in San Cristobal de las Casas sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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Steps in San Cristobal ©
Steps in San Cristobal
Museo Jtatik Samuel ©
Museo Jtatik Samuel

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Dante, then don't miss a visit to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and then take in the exciting artwork at Ro'Wo Galeria.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Cristobal de las Casas to Puerto Vallarta takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yelapa.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Swim with Dolphins
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Swim with Dolphins
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Galleria Dante ©
Galleria Dante

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nights
Yelapa

Yelapa ©
Visiting Playa Las Animas and Playa Quimixto will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Marietas Islands and Majahuitas Beach. Take a break from Yelapa with a short trip to Colomitos in Cabo Corrientes, about 34 minutes away.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yelapa route maker .

Drive from Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Yelapa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cabo Corrientes, Majahuitas Beach, Marietas Islands
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Playa Quimixto ©
Playa Quimixto
Playa Las Animas ©
Playa Las Animas
Majahuitas Beach ©
Majahuitas Beach

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Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
On the 29th (Sun), stop by Artesanias Watakame and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip planner .

Getting from Yelapa to Puerto Vallarta by car takes about 3 hours. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta

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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.
On the 30th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Del Amor, trek along Coyote Aventuras, and then view the masterpieces at Voces de Copal.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oaxaca trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Oaxaca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oaxaca when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Angel.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Del Amor
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Playa Del Amor ©
Playa Del Amor
Coyote Aventuras ©
Coyote Aventuras
Voces de Copal ©
Voces de Copal

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Puerto Angel

Puerto Angel ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): kick back and relax at Bahia Estacahuite. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mermejita.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Angel online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Oaxaca to Puerto Angel in 6 hours. Traveling from Oaxaca in December, plan for warmer nights in Puerto Angel, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Angel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mazunte
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Playa Mermejita ©
Playa Mermejita

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nights
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
On the 2nd (Thu), Head underground at Yagul, then stop by Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles, and then see the interesting displays at Zona Arqueologica Zaachila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Santa Maria de la Asuncion, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Tlacolula, then kick back and relax at Playa La Bocana, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Soledad.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oaxaca road trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Angel to Oaxaca in 6 hours. When traveling from Puerto Angel in January, plan for slightly colder days in Oaxaca, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Tlacolula, Playa La Bocana, Santa Maria de la Asuncion, Zona Arqueologica Zaachila, Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles
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Yagul ©
Yagul
Zona Arqueologica Zaachila ©
Zona Arqueologica Zaachila
Basilica de la Soledad ©
Basilica de la Soledad

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Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado De Artesanias La Ciudadela. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip planner .

Getting from Oaxaca to Mexico City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Oaxaca in January, plan for slightly colder days in Mexico City, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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