38 days in Mexico Itinerary

38 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico tour planner

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Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
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San Miguel de Allende
— 4 nights
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Acapulco
— 3 nights
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 4 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum
— 6 nights
Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 2 nights
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
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Mazatlan
— 3 nights
Bus to Culiacán, Fly to Cabo San Lucas
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Cabo San Lucas
— 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo Corrientes to see Vallarta Botanical Gardens about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape at Los Arcos de Mismaloya, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Puerto Vallarta, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

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San Miguel de Allende

— 4 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.
San Miguel de Allende is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around El Charco del Ingenio, trot along with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Canada de la Virgen, and examine the collection at Museo La Esquina.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in February since evenings lows in San Miguel de Allende dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Acapulco.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors
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Acapulco

— 3 nights
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Acapulco is known for nature, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Fuerte De San Diego, don't miss a visit to Plaza Alvarez, admire the striking features of Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace), and kick back and relax at Playa Revolcadero.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Acapulco trip planner.

You can fly from San Miguel de Allende to Acapulco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Miguel de Allende in February: high temperatures in Acapulco hover around 91°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Acapulco

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 9th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza and then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chichen Itza online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Acapulco to Chichen Itza takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Acapulco to Chichen Itza due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chichen Itza when traveling from Acapulco in February, with lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
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Cozumel

— 4 nights
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, and visit a coastal fixture at Punta Molas Faro.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Chichen Itza to Cozumel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, Cozumel is little chillier than Chichen Itza - with highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Quinta Avenida) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the activities along Gran Cenote, and stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Tulum day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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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 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier" and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Palenque road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tulum to Palenque takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tulum to Palenque is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, and browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City tour planning site.

Traveling by flight from Palenque to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Side Trip

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Mazatlan

— 3 nights

Pacific Pearl

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Mazatlan is known for historic sites, adventure, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Catedral Mazatlan Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Mazatlan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Olas Altas, and don't miss a visit to Malecon de Mazatlan.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mazatlan trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Mazatlan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Mazatlan due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in February, with highs in Mazatlan at 82°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Cabo San Lucas

— 5 nights
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.
Explore Cabo San Lucas' surroundings by going to San Jose del Cabo (Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte, Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach), &more). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Amor, stop by La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas vacation tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mazatlan to Cabo San Lucas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mazatlan in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cabo San Lucas, with lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Mexico travel guide

4.5
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.