36 days in Mexico Itinerary

36 days in Mexico Itinerary

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1
Mazatlan
— 3 nights
2
Sayulita
— 3 nights
3
Puerto Vallarta
— 5 nights
4
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
5
Mexico City
— 5 nights
6
Cozumel
— 4 nights
7
Cancun
— 2 nights
8
Tulum
— 5 nights
9
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
10
Chapala
— 1 night
11
Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights

3
nights
Mazatlan

Mazatlan ©
Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mazatlan Cathedral and Escarabajo Azul Galeria de Arte. Visit Playa Olas Altas and Playa Las Gaviotas for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Stone Island (Isla de las Piedras), observe the fascinating underwater world at Acuario Mazatlan, enjoy the sea views from El Faro Lighthouse, and explore the galleries of Nidart.

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San Francisco, USA to Mazatlan is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Mazatlan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in Mazatlan to be a bit warmer, around 54°F, while days are much hotter, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sayulita.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Playa Olas Altas ©
Playa Olas Altas
Mazatlan Cathedral ©
Mazatlan Cathedral
Old Mazatlan ©
Old Mazatlan

3
nights
Sayulita

Sandy beaches, good surfing, and affordable dining draw an increasing number of tourists to vacation in Sayulita, a smaller and less hectic alternative to nearby Puerto Vallarta.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Bucerias Art Gallery and A Broken Art. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Las Cuevas and Playa La Lancha. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sayulita: Bucerias (Splash of Glass & Mega Comercial Mexicana). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sayulita holiday app.

You can drive from Mazatlan to Sayulita in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mazatlan to Sayulita due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sayulita when traveling from Mazatlan in January, with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Sayulita

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Bucerias, Marietas Islands, Playa La Lancha
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands
Bucerias Art Gallery ©
Bucerias Art Gallery

5
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.
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Galleria Dante and Puerto Vallarta Art Walk (Start Point). There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Eccentrica, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and kick back and relax at Bucerias.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Sayulita to Puerto Vallarta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Bucerias
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline
Bucerias ©
Bucerias

1
night
San Juan Teotihuacan

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada, make a trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, and then explore the ancient world of Palacio de Tepantitla.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read San Juan Teotihuacan trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to San Juan Teotihuacan in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites
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Palacio de Tepantitla ©
Palacio de Tepantitla

5
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Head to Arto Otra and Ambartefor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico).

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mexico City trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palancar Reef. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Chankanaab Reef, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yucab Reef, explore the striking landscape at Santa Rosa Wall, and tee off at Cozumel Country Club.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel route planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mexico City in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cozumel, with highs around 78°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Chankanaab Reef ©
Chankanaab Reef

2
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Cancun

Cancun ©
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.
On the 4th (Thu), fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tortugas, and then hunt for treasures at Mercado 28. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Balance Cancun.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Cancun trip planner.

You can fly from Cozumel to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. February in Cancun sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

5
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get outdoors at Paradise Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Appreciate the collections at Sfer IK and Art Gallery Miniature. Step out of Tulum with an excursion to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Punta Laguna Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, and finally explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza day trip planner.

Drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulum in February; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 87°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Chapala.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

1
night
Chapala

Chapala ©
Chapala is a town and municipality in the central Mexican state of Jalisco, located on the north shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico's largest freshwater lake. On the 12th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Tedana Arts, then look for gifts at Diane Pearl Collecions, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Francisco.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chapala trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chichen Itza to Chapala. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chichen Itza to Chapala due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Chichen Itza, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Chapala, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Chapala

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Diane Pearl Collecions, Tedana Arts
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Diane Pearl Collecions ©
Diane Pearl Collecions
Parroquia de San Francisco ©
Parroquia de San Francisco

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa del Amor and Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach). Museum-lovers will appreciate La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte. Take a break from Cabo San Lucas with a short trip to Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, kick back and relax at Divorce beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and steep yourself in history at Church of Saint Luke.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chapala to Cabo San Lucas. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chapala in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Cabo San Lucas. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose del Cabo, Cuadra San Francisco
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

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