39 days in Mexico Itinerary

39 days in Mexico Itinerary

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39 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  13​h 15​min
1
Tulum
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Playa del Carmen
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cozumel
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + foot + subway + bus:  4​h
5
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
8
Chichen Itza
— 4 nights
taxi + ferry:  3​h
9
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  72​h
10
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Buenos Aires

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tulum trip site .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tulum is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Tulum. In April, Tulum is a bit warmer than Buenos Aires - with highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Playa del Carmen to Cancun to see Zipline about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, look for gifts at Fernando Rodriguez, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen day trip app .

Take a bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Zipline
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, try out the rides at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, and get outside with Paradise Beach Cozumel.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cozumel are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Theme Parks Classes
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Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

2
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Palenque road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cozumel to Palenque takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Palenque due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Palenque

Nature Parks 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

2
nights
San Juan Teotihuacan

Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
On the 20th (Mon), soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Manuel Gamio Centro de Estudios Teotihuacanos. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Flying Pictures Mexico, then stop by Galeria Media Luna, and then explore the ancient world of Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan Teotihuacan sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Palenque to San Juan Teotihuacan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Galeria Media Luna
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3
nights
Mexico City

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, and browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City travel itinerary planner.

Drive from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Mexico City are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, nightlife, adventure, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Dante.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta travel planner.

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. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in April since evenings lows in Puerto Vallarta dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
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Zipline
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Izamal (Izamal Ruins, Convento de San Antonio de Padua, & more), Cenotes Cuzama (in Cuzama) and Homun (Cenote San Antonio & Homun Cenotes). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Chichen Itza in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Chichen Itza is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in April: high temperatures in Chichen Itza hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Izamal, Homun, Cenote Yokdzonot, Dzibichaltun, Cenotes Cuzama
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

3
nights
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
On the 3rd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tortugranja, then delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Isla Brewing Company.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Chichen Itza to Isla Mujeres takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Chichen Itza in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Isla Mujeres, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and kick back and relax at Chileno Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas day trip site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Isla Mujeres to Cabo San Lucas takes 72 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Fishing Charters & Tours

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