40 days in Mexico Itinerary

40 days in Mexico Itinerary

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40 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Mexico City
— 5 nights
bus:  4​h
Guanajuato
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
Guadalajara
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
San Pedro Cholula
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Cordoba
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
Oaxaca
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Puerto Escondido
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
Palenque
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Campeche
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Merida
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tulum
— 4 nights
+3
bus + ferry + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
days
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Palacio de Bellas Artes will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Frida Kahlo Museum and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Piedra Herrada Sanctuary in Valle de Bravo--about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, shop like a local with Coyoacan, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Condesa, and stop by Tinta Naranja Urban Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Mexico City. Traveling from Sydney in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mexico City, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Guanajuato.

Things to do in Mexico City

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Parks

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Piedra Herrada Sanctuary
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Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Frida Kahlo Museum ©
Frida Kahlo Museum

3
days
Guanajuato

Guanajuato ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Guanajuato spills over hilly terrain in central Mexico, luring visitors with its pleasant tree-shaded plazas and friendly sidewalk cafes.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and Fabrica La Aurora. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Regional Museum of Guanajuato Alhóndiga de Granaditas and Vinedos Cuna de Tierra. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guanajuato: San Miguel de Allende (Abrazos San Miguel & Canada de la Virgen) and Church of the Grito (in Dolores Hidalgo). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Guanajuato trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mexico City to Guanajuato in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Mexico City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Guanajuato, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Guanajuato

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

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San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo
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Canada de la Virgen ©
Canada de la Virgen
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
Alhondiga de Granaditas ©
Alhondiga de Granaditas

3
days
Guadalajara

Guadalajara ©
One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Guadalajara Cathedral and Teatro Degollado. Instituto Cultural Cabanas and Expiatory Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Guadalajara: Tequila (Parroquia Santiago Apostol & Casa Sauza). There's more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico Guadalajara and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chapala.

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Traveling by car from Guanajuato to Guadalajara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Guadalajara can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Guadalajara

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tequila, Lake Chapala
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Lake Chapala ©
Lake Chapala
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple

3
days
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Centro and The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Las Animas and Caballito de Mar. And it doesn't end there: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, view the masterpieces at Galleria Dante, wander the streets of Olas Altas, and step off the mainland to explore Los Arcos.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guadalajara in March, Puerto Vallarta is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro Cholula.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Water Activities

Side Trip

Playa Las Animas
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Swim with Dolphins
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica
Playa Las Animas ©
Playa Las Animas

3
days
San Pedro Cholula

San Pedro Cholula ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Zona Arqueológica de Cholula and Cacaxtla - Xochitécatl. Templo San Francisco Acatepec and Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Tlaxcala (Museo Vivo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares & Santuario de las Luciernagas) and Museo Taurino (in Huamantla).

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro Cholula itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Vallarta to San Pedro Cholula. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in San Pedro Cholula. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in San Pedro Cholula

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Tlaxcala, Cacaxtla - Xochitécatl, Museo Taurino
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Zona Arqueológica de Cholula ©
Zona Arqueológica de Cholula
Templo San Francisco Acatepec ©
Templo San Francisco Acatepec

4
days
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
Córdoba, officially known as Heroica Córdoba, is a city and the seat of the municipality of the same name in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Get a sense of the local culture at Anthropology Museum and Palacio Municipal de Cordoba. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional El Cofre de Perote and Parque de los Tecajetes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cordoba: Orizaba (Museo de Arte del Estado de Veracruz & Los 500 Escalones), Coatepec (Casa Bautista Galvez & Museo del Cafe) and Jalco Expediciones (in Jalcomulco).

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cordoba online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Pedro Cholula to Cordoba takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cordoba

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Orizaba, Coatepec, Xalapa, Jalco Expediciones, El Cofre de Perote
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Parque de los Tecajetes ©
Parque de los Tecajetes
Anthropology Museum ©
Anthropology Museum
Jalco Expediciones ©
Jalco Expediciones

3
days
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C.. Get some historical perspective at Monte Alban and Basilica de la Soledad. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pre-Hispanic Art Museum Rufino Tamayo in Mexico, stroll through Playa de amor, view the masterpieces at Voces de Copal, and examine the collection at Zona Arqueológica de Zaachila.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca journey planning site .

You can drive from Cordoba to Oaxaca in 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in Oaxaca

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museo De La Tortuga, Playa Del Amor, Zona Arqueologica Zaachila
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman

3
days
Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido ©
Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Get in touch with nature at Playa Zicatela and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Bacocho and Playa Coral. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Marinero and look for gifts at Central Surf Shop.

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Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Oaxaca, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Puerto Escondido, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Zicatela ©
Playa Zicatela
Playa Bacocho ©
Playa Bacocho
Playa Coral ©
Playa Coral

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day
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Palenque ruinas.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Escondido to Palenque takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Escondido in April, you will find days in Palenque are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Palenque

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playas de Catazaja
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Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Palenque ruinas ©
Palenque ruinas

1
day
Campeche

Campeche ©
On the 14th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Baluarte de San Carlos/Museo de la Ciudad, then take a stroll through Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche, and then get engrossed in the history at Puerta de Tierra.

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Getting from Palenque to Campeche by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Campeche due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Campeche can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

#Neighborhoods, #Museums

Side Trip

Campeche
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2
days
Merida

Merida ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hacienda Yaxcopoil and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote X Batun. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Ecologica El Corchito, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Merida day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Campeche to Merida takes 2.5 hours. In April in Merida, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Merida

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Reserva Ecologica El Corchito, Hacienda Yaxcopoil
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Cenote X Batun ©
Cenote X Batun
Hacienda Yaxcopoil ©
Hacienda Yaxcopoil
Reserva Ecologica El Corchito ©
Reserva Ecologica El Corchito

4
days
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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Playa Xpuha and Akumal Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Climbing Tours and Playa Paraiso. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote, and look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tulum tour planner .

Traveling by car from Merida to Tulum takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Merida in April, expect nights in Tulum to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Tulum

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, La Playa Xpuha
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Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Grand Cenote ©
Grand Cenote
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha

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Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Leon Trotsky Museum and then delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip app .

Do a combination of bus, ferry, taxi, and flight from Tulum to Mexico City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tulum in April since evenings lows in Mexico City dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
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Bosque de Chapultepec ©
Bosque de Chapultepec
National Palace (Palacio Nacional) ©
National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
Lago del Bosque de Chapultepec ©
Lago del Bosque de Chapultepec

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