26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
1
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Shuttle
2
Oaxaca
— 3 nights
Fly
3
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 2 nights
Shuttle
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Merida
5
Merida
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Valladolid
— 3 nights
Shuttle
7
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Bacalar
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Cancun
— 2 nights

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Mexico City — 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and finally walk around Alameda Central. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Mexico City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Mexico City is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Amsterdam in January, plan for warmer days in Mexico City, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Oaxaca.
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Oaxaca — 3 nights

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.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, steep yourself in history at Mercado Benito Juárez, stop by Antiga by VM, and don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oaxaca online trip maker.

Getting from Mexico City to Oaxaca by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Cristobal de las Casas.
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San Cristobal de las Casas — 2 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. On the 10th (Tue), stroll around Parque, then don't miss a visit to Chiapa de Corzo, then take in breathtaking views at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, and finally look for gifts at Maya Kotan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Cristobal Martir, see the interesting displays at Templo de Santo Domingo, and then take an in-depth tour of Asociacion Cultural Na Bolom.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Cristobal de las Casas journey maker tool.

You can fly from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Cristobal de las Casas, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Palenque.
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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 12th (Thu), examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier" and then admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque, then don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, and finally make a trip to Iglesia Santo Domingo.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Palenque trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by shuttle from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Merida.
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Merida — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Dzibilchaltún, examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and then admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional de Yucatán, Palacio Cantón, admire the striking features of Plaza Grande, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral de Merida.

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Getting from Palenque to Merida by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Merida due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. You will leave for Valladolid on the 16th (Mon).
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Valladolid — 3 nights

Sultana of the East

One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Get out of town with these interesting Valladolid side-trips: Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village) and Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza). The adventure continues: Head underground at Cenote Xkeken, don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal, explore the world behind art at Casa de los Venados, and explore the striking landscape at Cenote Zaci.

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Traveling by car from Merida to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in January, Valladolid is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Tulum.
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Tulum — 3 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Step out of Tulum to go to Playa del Carmen and see Xcaret, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tulum online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a shuttle from Valladolid to Tulum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in January, things will get slightly colder in Tulum: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bacalar.
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Bacalar — 4 nights

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. Change things up with these side-trips from Bacalar: Mahahual (Costa Maya Port, Maya Chan Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar, get engrossed in the history at Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Txape Masajes.

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Traveling by car from Tulum to Bacalar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Tulum, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cancun.
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Cancun — 2 nights

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and then look for gifts at Tattoo Studio Henna. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas.

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Traveling by car from Bacalar to Cancun takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Bacalar in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Cancun, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Mexico travel guide

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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.
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