A One Month Itinerary from Cancun to Mexico City by Bus

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

Day 1-3

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.

Day 3-6

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 :)


Day 7

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!


Day 13-15

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.

Day 15-25

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.


Day 25-30

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.


  1. December 1, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Gorgeous photos!!! I’m visiting Cozumel next week & wanted to visit the ruins but I’m traveling via cruise so I won’t have much time. I may just have to plan a trip back just for the beautiful ruins! xxo

  2. March 13, 2018 / 11:47 pm

    You’re trip sound so amazing. But in the back of my mind, wondering if it was safe. But if sounds like a great trip. I would like to try. If I could stop taking pictures.

    • Karateandcaviar
      March 16, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      I think it was fairly safe most of the times. Just don’t walk around at night in dodgy areas and use your instincts :)

  3. Zoe
    June 11, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    Great Blog, very helpful. Thank you!!
    What would you recommend doing with luggage at Chichen Itza. I’d like to do stop off at Valladolid and Chichen Itza en route to Merida from Lake Baducla, and am not sure what to do with my baggage, as I would not like to stay there overnight.
    Thank you very much,

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