33 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico travel planner
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Fly
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Mexico City
— 4 nights
Shuttle
2
Oaxaca
— 5 nights
Bus
3
Puerto Escondido
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tuxtla Gutierrez
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Bacalar
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Valladolid
— 3 nights
Shuttle
7
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Cancun
— 5 nights
Fly
9
Mexico City
— 1 night
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Mexico City — 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You've now added Six Flags Mexico to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Zocalo and Museo Frida Kahlo will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, examine the collection at Jose Clemente Orozco's Mural Series in the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Postal, and delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 16 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 26°C and lows are around 9°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Oaxaca.
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Oaxaca — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oaxaca: Craft Workshop Nelson Perez Mendoza (in Teotitlan del Valle) and Yagul (in Tlacolula). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Coyote Aventuras, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, view the masterpieces at Nuun Espacio de Arte, and steep yourself in history at Mercado Benito Juárez.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Oaxaca day trip planning site.

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 December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for Puerto Escondido.
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Puerto Escondido — 2 nights

Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carrizalillo and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Escondido trip site.

Fly from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from Oaxaca in December since evenings lows in Puerto Escondido dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tuxtla Gutierrez.
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Tuxtla Gutierrez — 2 nights

Tuxtla Gutiérrez is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican southeast state of Chiapas. Kids will enjoy Zoologico Miguel Alvarez del Toro and Chiapa de Corzo. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, walk around Parque de la Marimba, take an in-depth tour of Exconvento de Santo Domingo, and don't miss a visit to Parque Morelos Bicentenario.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tuxtla Gutierrez holiday planning website.

You can drive from Puerto Escondido to Tuxtla Gutierrez in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Escondido in December, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Tuxtla Gutierrez. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Bacalar.
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Bacalar — 2 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. Bacalar is known for nature, adventure, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Bacalar, head outdoors with Estromatolitos, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and explore the galleries of Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar.

To see maps and tourist information, read our Bacalar sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Bacalar in 11.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Bacalar is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Bacalar are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Valladolid.
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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.
Kids will enjoy Cenote Xkeken and Cenote Zaci. Change things up with these side-trips from Valladolid: Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village) and Chichen Itza (Las Monjas & Chichen Itza). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Xkopek Parque Apicola, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De San Servacio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, and take in the exciting artwork at Casa de los Venados.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Valladolid day trip app.

Traveling by car from Bacalar to Valladolid takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bacalar in January, Valladolid is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a 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.
Bring the kids along to Xcaret and Climbing Tours. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, examine the collection at Mystika Immersive, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and stop by La Llorona.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tulum travel route planning tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Valladolid to Tulum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Tulum is slightly colder than Valladolid - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Cancun.
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Cancun — 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Swim with Dolphins and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Punta Sur). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28, go for a walk through Avenida Kukulkan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cancun trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cancun are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.
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Mexico City — 1 night

City of Palaces

On the 16th (Mon), take a stroll through Coyoacan, then walk around Alameda Central, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and finally don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Reforma.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City visit planner.

Getting from Cancun to Mexico City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cancun in January, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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