21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  25​h
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Mexico City
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + taxi + ferry + bus:  5​h 45​min
Tulum
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Jose del Cabo Church. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa del Amor and Medano Beach. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Lucas and look for gifts at Zen Mar Mask Gallery.

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Melbourne, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Mountain Standard Time is minus 17 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: high temperatures in Cabo San Lucas hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

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San Jose del Cabo Church
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Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Medano Beach ©
Medano Beach
San Jose del Cabo Church ©
San Jose del Cabo Church

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Zocalo. Get some historical perspective at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and National Palace (Palacio Nacional). Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Templo Mayor Museum, take a stroll through Coyoacan, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and stroll through Alameda Central.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City is 1 hour. While traveling from Cabo San Lucas, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Mexico City

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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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.
Visit Ruins of Tulum and Las Pinturas for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at Akumal Beach and Mayan Beach. Step out of Tulum with an excursion to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba--about 1h 15 min away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 16th (Fri) at Xel-Ha. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the activities along Grand Cenote, don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo, and stop by La Llorona.

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Do a combination of flight, taxi, ferry, and bus from Mexico City to Tulum in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Tulum due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in November; daily highs in Tulum reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Valladolid.

Things to do in Tulum

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Xel-Ha, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha

2
nights
Valladolid

Valladolid ©
One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the ancient world of El Castillo, then make a trip to Chichen Itza, and then contemplate the long history of Convent de San Bernardino de Siena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Ek Balam Mayan Ruins, don't miss a visit to Ek Balam Mayan Ruins, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Servasio, and finally don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Valladolid itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Valladolid in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Valladolid, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Valladolid

#Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
El Castillo ©
El Castillo
Convent de San Bernardino de Siena ©

2
nights
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.
Visit Punta Sur and El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey) for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. There's more to do: go for a walk through Avenida Kukulkan and look for gifts at Plaza Las Americas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Valladolid to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in November, Cancun is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey) ©

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