21 days in North America Itinerary

21 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Xalapa
— 6 nights
Drive
3
Tuxtla Gutierrez
— 2 nights
Drive
4
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 3 nights
Shuttle
5
Palenque
— 2 nights
Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Veracruz
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Veracruz
— 3 nights
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Mexico City

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica and Iglesia de San Cosme y San Damian. Family-friendly places like Museo Frida Kahlo and Palacio de Bellas Artes will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and examine the collection at Museo Nacional De Arte.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City trip tool.

Calgary, Canada to Mexico City is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Calgary to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Calgary in January; daily highs in Mexico City reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Xalapa.

Things to do in Mexico City

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Xalapa

— 6 nights
Xalapa is the capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz and the name of the surrounding municipality. Family-friendly places like Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa and Parque de los Tecajetes will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to El Cofre de Perote and Macuiltepec. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo de La Orquidea (in Coatepec), Carrizal Spa (in Apazapan) and Parroquia de Santa Maria Magdalena (in Xico). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo del Cafe, take an in-depth tour of Museo El Lencero, browse the eclectic array of goods at Callejon del Diamante, and admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Diego Rivera.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Xalapa trip itinerary app.

Getting from Mexico City to Xalapa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Things to do in Xalapa

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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Tuxtla Gutierrez

— 2 nights
Tuxtla Gutiérrez is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican southeast state of Chiapas. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santiago Cuilapan Monastery, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Marimba, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Marcos. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Chiapa de Corzo, and then don't miss a visit to Chiapa de Corzo.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tuxtla Gutierrez online trip planner.

You can drive from Xalapa to Tuxtla Gutierrez in 8 hours. Another option is to fly. In January, daily temperatures in Tuxtla Gutierrez can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Tuxtla Gutierrez

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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San Cristobal de las Casas

— 3 nights
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de Guadalupe and Iglesia de San Francisco. Get some cultural insight at Museo de Trajes Regionales de Sergio Castro and Corazon de Jade, Museo Jardin. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo del Ambar, Lilia Mijangos, get a taste of the local shopping with Arteria Chiapas, stroll around Parque, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Jtatik Samuel.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Cristobal de las Casas travel route builder website.

You can drive from Tuxtla Gutierrez to San Cristobal de las Casas in an hour. February in San Cristobal de las Casas sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Palenque.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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Palenque

— 2 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
On the 5th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and then kick back and relax at Playas de Catazaja. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Aluxes Palenque, then examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", and then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Palenque trip planning app.

You can take a shuttle from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Veracruz.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Veracruz

— 3 nights
Veracruz, officially known as Heroica Veracruz, is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Step out of the city life by going to Costa Esmeralda and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Juan de Ulua and Casa de Hernan Cortes. It doesn't end there: cool off at Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark and examine the collection at Museo de Ripley.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Veracruz online route builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Veracruz takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Veracruz are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Veracruz

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Chiapas travel guide

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Waterfalls · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Mexico's southernmost state, Chiapas encompasses a relatively compact area that packs quite a punch when it comes to natural attractions. Chiapas tours lead visitors through a mountainous area dotted with pristine lakes, national parks, and friendly pueblos largely unspoiled by mass tourism. The city of San Cristobal acts as a natural base for many Chiapas holidays, featuring everything from centuries-old churches to trendy bars. Day-trip ideas from this lively urban center include tours of nearby Mayan ruins and visits to one of Mexico's remotest biosphere reserves. At the far south of the state, you'll likely have one of the last stretches of the country's relatively undeveloped coastline all to yourself.