27 days in Mexico Itinerary

27 days in Mexico Itinerary

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27 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cancun
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
4
Palenque
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Orlando

2
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, and make a trip to San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel trip itinerary planner .

Orlando, USA to Cozumel is an approximately 5-hour flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cozumel when traveling from Orlando in December, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve ©
Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Chichen Itza (The Ossuary, Temple of the Bearded Man, & more), Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, take in the exciting artwork at Balam Art On Feathers, browse the exhibits of MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tulum tour planner.

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tulum are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Cancun is known for nightlife, wildlife, adventure, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium, contemplate the long history of El Rey Archaeological Zone, and don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun day trip app .

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

3
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, and meet the residents at Aluxes Palenque.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Palenque trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cancun to Palenque in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Aluxes Palenque ©
Aluxes Palenque
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls

4
nights
Mexico City

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, contemplate the long history of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip app .

You can fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
San Miguel de Allende

A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
San Miguel de Allende is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, and browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in December, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Outdoors Tours Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Charco del Ingenio ©
El Charco del Ingenio

3
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.
Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta sightseeing planning website .

Getting from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Miguel de Allende in January, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 80°F and lows at 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Marietas Islands, Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas and then view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then trot along with Cuadra San Francisco.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas driving holiday site .

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 difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas is minus 1 hour. January in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 63°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
Fishing Charters & Tours
Swim with Dolphins

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