29 days in Mexico Itinerary

29 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Paz
— 3 nights
Fly
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Oaxaca
— 1 night
Fly to Cancun, Ferry to Isla Mujeres
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Isla Mujeres
— 3 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Bus to Tulum
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ek Balam Village
— 2 nights
Drive to Cancún International Airport, Fly to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nuevo Vallarta
— 2 nights
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Cabo San Lucas

— 3 nights
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 La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Whimsical Art Cabo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Chileno Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Maria Beach, stroll through Playa del Amor, stop by Ayla, and take in the exciting artwork at Golden Cactus Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary app.

Adelaide, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -16.5 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in August: high temperatures in Cabo San Lucas hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

La Paz

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Isla Espiritu Santo and Balandra Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Kiosco del Malecon. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Malecon, kick back and relax at Ensenada Grande, and stop by Casa Parra Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz route planner.

You can drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Cabo San Lucas in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 44°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Oaxaca.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

Oaxaca

— 1 night
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 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de San Matias Jalatlaco, then explore the galleries of Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, hunt for treasures at Mercado Benito Juárez, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Oaxaca road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Oaxaca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. When traveling from La Paz in August, plan for slightly colder days in Oaxaca, with highs around 34°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Isla Mujeres

— 3 nights
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.
Punta Sur and Mayan Museum of Cancun are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and Garrafon Natural Reef Park. Take a break from Isla Mujeres with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Cancun, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Guadalupe.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Isla Mujeres route builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Oaxaca to Isla Mujeres takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oaxaca to Isla Mujeres due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oaxaca in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Isla Mujeres, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

Tulum

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Climbing Tours and Yal-ku Lagoon. Get in touch with nature at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and Gran Cenote. Spend the 16th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Miniature.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum tour itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla Mujeres to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In August in Tulum, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ek Balam Village.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:

Ek Balam Village

— 2 nights
On the 19th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de los Santos Reyes. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Hubiku and then explore the ancient world of Ek Balam.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ek Balam Village day trip tool.

Drive from Tulum to Ek Balam Village in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Ek Balam Village

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

Cozumel

— 4 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Palancar Reef and Punta Sur Eco Beach Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Paradise Beach Cozumel. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef, choose your vessel at Dive Bros, head outdoors with Dolphinaris, and take in the dramatic natural features at Santa Rosa Wall.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cozumel trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ek Balam Village to Cozumel. In August, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Nuevo Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:

Nuevo Vallarta

— 2 nights
A planned resort community with one of Mexico's highest concentrations of hotels, Nuevo Vallarta caters to international tourists with its luxurious restaurants, charming marinas, and long stretches of sandy beaches.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro Historico and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and 4D Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Nuevo Vallarta side-trips: Puerto Vallarta (Los Arcos de Mismaloya & Zona Romantica). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Nuevo Vallarta Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nuevo Vallarta driving holiday planning site.

You can fly from Cozumel to Nuevo Vallarta in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Nuevo Vallarta due to the time zone difference. August in Nuevo Vallarta sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.