28 days in Mexico Itinerary

28 days in Mexico Itinerary

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28 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  24​h
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
2
Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
3
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Delfines and Xcacel Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Isla Shopping Village and El Rey Archaeological Zone. Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). There's still lots to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Cancun is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Cancun, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Cancun sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
Highlights from your plan
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chichen Itza and Santuario de los Santos Reyes. Take a break from the city and head to Cenote Ik kil and Zazil Tunich. Change things up with these side-trips from Chichen Itza: Valladolid (Casa de los Venados & Cenote Xkeken) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valladolid, Santuario de los Santos Reyes, Dzibichaltun, Ek Balam
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

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.
Get some cultural insight at Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Escape the urban bustle at Paradise Beach and Climbing Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Akumal Beach, explore the ancient world of Las Pinturas, and explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in December, expect Tulum to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cozumel Pearl Farm. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Palancar, play a few rounds at Cozumel Country Club, and relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel attractions planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cozumel are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

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 Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Get some historical perspective at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, examine the collection at Museo de Frida Kahlo, contemplate the long history of Historic Center (Centro Historico), and get a taste of the local shopping with Arto Otra.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City holiday builder site .

You can fly from Cozumel to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cozumel to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cozumel in January: highs in Mexico City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo ©
Zocalo

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Zona Romantica. Get in touch with nature at Swim with Dolphins and Bucerias. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Los Muertos Beach, push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in January; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bucerias
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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.
Visiting El Arco de Cabo San Lucas and Chileno Beach will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Playa del Amor and Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach). Go for a jaunt from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo to see Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Medano Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Luke, take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and shop like a local with Golden Cactus Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas trip builder website .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Jose del Cabo
Highlights from your plan
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

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