30 days in Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Mexico Itinerary

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30 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Cancun
— 4 nights
2
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
La Paz
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shark Diving and Playa Delfines. Venture out of the city with trips to Croco Cun Zoo (in Puerto Morelos) and Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Guadalupe Chapel). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Cancun online travel planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Melbourne to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Croco Cun Zoo
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Shark Diving
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Plastic Flamingo. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village) and Xcaret Park (in Playa del Carmen). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, stop by MexicArte, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and stroll through Paradise Beach.

To find ratings and tourist information, go to the Tulum vacation planner.

Drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ek Balam, Xcaret
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palancar Reef and The Amazing Cozumel Race. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall, go deep with a submarine tour, head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cozumel trip planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monte Alban, then see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Hierve el Agua and then make a trip to Zocalo.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Cozumel to Oaxaca by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Oaxaca due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cozumel in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Oaxaca. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapultepec Castle and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), don't miss a visit to Zocalo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa Luis Barragan.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Oaxaca in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Old Vallarta. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Vallarta: Nuevo Vallarta Beach (in Nuevo Vallarta) and Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head off the coast to Los Arcos, and take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip builder app .

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. When traveling from Mexico City in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Puerto Vallarta, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Kayaking & Canoeing, Marietas Islands, Nuevo Vallarta Beach
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach

2
nights
La Paz

It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
On the 24th (Sun), head off the coast to Isla Espiritu Santo and then make a trip to Malecon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stroll through Balandra Beach, and then head outdoors with HarkerBoard co..

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Paz route builder app .

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to La Paz in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in La Paz. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Isla Espiritu Santo ©
Isla Espiritu Santo
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Marina Cabo San Lucas and Spas. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chileno Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip maker website .

You can drive from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from La Paz in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cabo San Lucas: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Marina Cabo San Lucas ©
Marina Cabo San Lucas
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Spas

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