Do you have one month off and want to take your backpack on a little adventure? Fly in to Cancun and let the journey begin!
One Month Itinerary Through Mexico
Fly to Cancun and spend a couple of nights there. Join a pool party and dive right into the crazy party scene or just have a few Margaritas at a pretty beach bar. To recover spend the day in Isla Mujeres – a lovely little island with pretty beaches just in front of Cancun.
Take the bus to Playa del Carmen for beautiful beaches but a bit more relaxed atmosphere than Cancun. From Playa del Carmen you can start to explore the surrounding Mayan ruins in Tulum and Coba and the Dos Ojos underground cave (cenote). Join the snorkel tour at the Dos Ojos Cenote or, if certified, join the cave scuba diving tour – super beautiful :)
Take the bus from Playa del Carmen to Merida and stop at Chichen Itza on the way. The Chichen Itza Mayan pyramids are very impressive so you don’t want to miss them. Also wear your bathing suit as you might want to take a quick little swim in the huge cenote at Chichen Itza.
Day 8 – 11
On the first day just explore Merida by strolling around the Plaza de Armas and its lovely little alleys. Just take it easy, time to relax. Stop at a few nice restaurants and enjoy the scenery. On the following day or two, join a private tour to explore the surrounding hidden cenotes. There are various small underground caves less than an hour away. There are usually not many tourists so if you are lucky you will be one of the only few people there swimming in crystal clear water in an underground cave. On the other day in Merida join a tour that explores the wider area and teaches you about the local culture and customs.
Day 11- 13
Take the bus from Merida to Palenque to explore the Mayan ruins and enjoy the tropical weather. Ideally find a little rustic hotel close to the ‘jungle’. When I was there we had a little remote cabin for ourselves. At night there was a huge and incredibly loud thunderstorm with an unbelievably heavy rainfall. Totally enjoyed it! Also the Mayan ruins in Palenque were my favourite of all. It is not so super touristy and you can just take a book with you and relax on the same spot where thousands of years ago Mayan people walked past…. Quite a magical feeling!
Take the bus from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas, a lovely little town located in the Central Highlands of Mexico. Here you can relax, learn about the local customs and culture and just explore the beautiful town and surroundings.
Beach time again! Take the bus from San Cristobal to Puerto Escondido for a loooong week of cocktails on the beach, sunbathing and surfing. Places like Vivo Resorts are the perfect places to relax and unwind.
Bye bye beach time. Take the bus from Puerto Escondido to Mexico City and explore the capital of Mexico during the last 5 days of your trip. Have you noticed how incredibly diverse Mexican landscapes are? So beautiful! If you want to add a bit more to your Things-I-Have-Seen-In-Mexico list, spend one day in Puebla, a little city next to Mexico City.