43 days in Mexico Itinerary

43 days in Mexico Itinerary

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43 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Oaxaca
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + bus + ferry:  6​h 30​min
2
Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Cozumel
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Tulum
— 6 nights
5
Chichen Itza
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Mahahual
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
La Paz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Monte Alban and Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Mercado Benito Juárez for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Oaxaca: Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles (in San Martin Tilcajete), Santa Ana Zegache Church (in Santa Ana Zegache) and Ocotlan de Morelos (Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo & Parque de Ocotlan). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa La Bocana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Jeronimo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Soledad, and Head underground at Yagul.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca online trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Oaxaca is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Oaxaca due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in February, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Oaxaca: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ocotlan de Morelos, Tlacolula, Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles, Playa La Bocana, Santa Ana Zegache Church
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

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.
Visiting Playa Norte and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Punta Sur and PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Isla Brewing Company, get outside with Cancha de basquetbol centro, and don't miss a visit to Women's Beading Cooperative.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Oaxaca to Isla Mujeres takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Oaxaca in February: highs in Isla Mujeres hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galo Art Studio and Museo de la Isla de Cozumel. Step off the beaten path and head to Columbia Reef and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. There's lots more to do: get outside with Paradise Beach Cozumel, explore the gorgeous colors at Santa Rosa Wall, stroll through Playa Punta Chiqueros, and kick back and relax at Playa Palancar.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Isla Mujeres to Cozumel in 4 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

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.
Relax by the water at La Playa Xpuha and Mayan Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Climbing Tours and Shark Diving. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Fishing Charters & Tours, Spas, & more), Akumal (Scuba & Snorkeling & Aktun Chen) and Xpu-ha Beach (in Puerto Aventuras). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, identify plant and animal life at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, and get outside with Cenote Tak Be Ha.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Tulum attractions website .

Drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In February in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Akumal, La Playa Xpuha, Xpu-ha Beach
Highlights from your plan
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Ek Balam and Ek Balam. Get in touch with nature at Parque Natural Ria Lagartos and Cenote Zaci. Get out of town with these interesting Chichen Itza side-trips: Casa de los Venados (in Valladolid), Granja de Cocodrilos Itzamkanac (in Rio Lagartos) and Santuario de los Santos Reyes (in Tizimin).

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum in February, expect Chichen Itza to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Mahahual.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Temozon, Rio Lagartos, Valladolid, Ek Balam, Isla Pajaros
Highlights from your plan
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos ©
Parque Natural Ria Lagartos

2
nights
Mahahual

A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Banco Chinchorro, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mahahual online travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Mahahual takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mahahual when traveling from Chichen Itza in March, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mahahual

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Maya Chan Beach ©
Maya Chan Beach
Spas

4
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Visit Zona Romantica and Old Vallarta for their historical value. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Boca de Tomatlan Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Punta Mita Golf Course (in Punta de Mita), Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Sayulita). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Abdallahy 4D, explore the world behind art at Peyote People, and step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mahahual to Puerto Vallarta in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Mahahual in March, things will get a bit cooler in Puerto Vallarta: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Punta Mita Golf Course, Marietas Islands, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Balandra Beach and Balandra Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Isla Espiritu Santo. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, kick back and relax at Playa Migrino, look for all kinds of wild species at El Serpentario De La Paz, and don't miss a visit to Malecon.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the La Paz online journey planner .

You can 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. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to La Paz, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Puerto Vallarta, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Balandra Beach, Playa Migrino
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach

5
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Parroquia San Jose and 100 % Mexico Hecho a Mano. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa del Amor and Santa Maria Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Plaza Mijares in San Jose del Cabo (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Tzunun.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from La Paz in March, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Cabo San Lucas: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

San Jose del Cabo
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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