30 days in Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
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San Miguel de Allende
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Puebla
— 2 nights
Bus to Mexico City, Fly to Palenque
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Palenque
— 2 nights
Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Cancun
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Cancun
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tulum
— 6 nights
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Puerto Vallarta

— 4 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Relax by the water at Playa Las Animas and Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, admire the masterpieces at Galeria Colectika, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta online trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in June; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 87°F and lows reach 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

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San Miguel de Allende

— 6 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Mask Museum and Fabrica La Aurora. You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Jardin and Galeria Nepantla. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, view the masterpieces at Galeria Casa Diana, get a taste of the local shopping with Mr Poster, and stop by Arte Divino.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende visit planning website.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Miguel de Allende, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

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Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chapultepec Castle and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5. Get in touch with nature at Bosque de Chapultepec and Ride MB. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Historic Center (Centro Historico), admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City road trip planning tool.

Drive from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from San Miguel de Allende in June, plan for slightly colder days in Mexico City, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

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Puebla

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra, admire the masterpieces at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, and then feel the romance at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario). Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tonantzintla, then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo San Francisco Acatepec, and finally stop by La monarca.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puebla road trip planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from Mexico City to Puebla in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June in Puebla, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums · 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll through Aluxes Palenque, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, and finally don't miss a visit to Iglesia Santo Domingo. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier" and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Palenque road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puebla to Palenque takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Cancun

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Punta Sur and Zona Arqueologica El Rey. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Diving and Playa Delfines. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon (in Isla Mujeres) and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos (in Puerto Morelos). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cancun road trip website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Cancun takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Cancun. In June in Cancun, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

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Tulum

— 6 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
For shopping fun, head to Sfer Ik Tulum or Kaahal Home Tulum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Gallery Miniature and Balam Art On Feathers. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Puerto Aventuras (Ecopark Kantun Chi & Scuba & Snorkeling), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an). There's lots more to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the activities along Aktun Chen, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tulum travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

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Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

Central Mexico and Gulf Coast travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Natural History Museums
Once the core of a powerful Aztec empire, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast now contains some of the country's most popular tourist destinations, offering a blend of coastal and inland activities. Most Central Mexico and Gulf Coast holidays understandably involve stops at sandy beaches, but if you wish to enrich your experience with a bit of culture and history, don't miss Guanajuato City and Veracruz. While exploring these cities, you can museum hop, get to know the country's arts and music scene, discover numerous historic buildings, and mingle with ex-pats from Canada and the United States. For that ultimate Central Mexico and Gulf Coast sightseeing experience, spend some time exploring the region's World Heritage-listed archaeological sites.

Chiapas travel guide

4.4
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.