24 days in Mexico Itinerary

24 days in Mexico Itinerary

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24 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  6 h 45 min
3
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Merida
— 4 nights
Bus + Ferry:  6 h 45 min
5
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
La Paz
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
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 Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica. Change things up with a short trip to Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo, and stroll around Alameda Central.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip planning site .

San Francisco, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

San Juan Teotihuacan
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Explore hidden gems such as Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery. Take a break from San Miguel de Allende with a short trip to Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro in Queretaro City, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin, view the masterpieces at Arte Divino, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Concepcion, and gain insight at Instituto Habla Hispana.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Allende sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in October, you will find days in San Miguel de Allende are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro
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Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery ©
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

3
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chikin Ha and 3D Museum of Wonders. Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Xcaret Park, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at El Jaguar Dorado, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen travel route planner .

Getting from San Miguel de Allende to Playa del Carmen by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Playa del Carmen when traveling from San Miguel de Allende in October, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Merida.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Chikin Ha ©
Chikin Ha
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Merida

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Uxmal and Plaza Grande. Venture out of the city with trips to Cenote Kankirixche (in Mucuyche), Cenote Ik kil (in Chichen Itza) and Grutas de Calcehtok (in Calcehtok). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo, appreciate the history behind Statue of Hideyo Noguchi, explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, and stroll around Parque de Santiago.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Merida trip website .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Merida in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in October, you will find days in Merida are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenote Ik kil, Grutas de Calcehtok, Cenote Yokdzonot, Uxmal, Cenote Kankirixche
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel, identify plant and animal life at Cozumel Pearl Farm, and then relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cozumel online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Merida to Cozumel takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Merida in October: highs in Cozumel hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Vallarta Botanical Gardens. There's much more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Glass Gallery EM, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October in Puerto Vallarta, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Marietas Islands, Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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Food Tours
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Balandra Beach and then head off the coast to Isla Espiritu Santo. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Diaz Castro Galeria, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Paz Cathedral, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to La Paz takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to La Paz is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Puerto Vallarta in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Balandra Beach
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Isla Espiritu Santo ©
Isla Espiritu Santo
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach

3
nights
Cabo San Lucas

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shark Diving and Speed Boats Tours. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Cabo San Lucas, enjoy the sand and surf at Divorce beach, take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Maria Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our 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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from La Paz in October: highs in Cabo San Lucas hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Nature
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A-maze-in Cabo Race ©
A-maze-in Cabo Race
Shark Diving
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach

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