43 days in Mexico Itinerary

43 days in Mexico Itinerary

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43 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  27​h
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Guadalajara
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
5
Mexico City
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Puebla
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Oaxaca
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
8
Palenque
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h
9
Merida
— 3 nights
10
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
11
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Cluj-Napoca

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) as well as Playa del Amor. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach, and go for a stroll along the water at Medano Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas visit planner .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Cabo San Lucas is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca in July, you will find days in Cabo San Lucas are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are warmer (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
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Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) ©
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Medano Beach ©
Medano Beach

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skydive Vallarta, Los Arcos and Bahía de Banderas. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta attractions planning website .

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

3
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Guadalajara to Teuchitlan to see Guachimontones about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Zapopan, pause for some serene contemplation at Expiatory Temple, and get to know the resident critters at Zoologico Guadalajara.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Guadalajara vacation planner .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in July; daily highs in Guadalajara reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Guachimontones
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Palacio de Gobierno ©
Palacio de Gobierno
Basilica de Zapopan ©
Basilica de Zapopan

3
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Coyote Canyon Adventures as well as Fabrica La Aurora. Venture out of the city with trips to Guanajuato (Monumento al Pipila, Alhondiga de Granaditas, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin, and walk around El Charco del Ingenio.

To find reviews and tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende trip planner.

Getting from Guadalajara to San Miguel de Allende by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Guadalajara in July, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in San Miguel de Allende. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Guanajuato
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Museo La Esquina ©
Museo La Esquina
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Soumaya as well as Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosque de Chapultepec, and explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City trip itinerary app .

Drive from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in July, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 2:
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Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Puebla

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Estrella de Puebla as well as Mercado el Parian. Change things up with these side-trips from Puebla: Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula) and Zona Arqueológica de Cholula (in San Pedro Cholula). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), get lost in a book at Biblioteca Palafoxiana, see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), and take a stroll through Zocalo.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puebla trip maker tool .

Getting from Mexico City to Puebla by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Puebla when traveling from Mexico City in August, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, Tonantzintla
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Catedral Basilica de Puebla ©
Catedral Basilica de Puebla
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)

3
nights
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.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, classes, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, admire the natural beauty at Ethnobotanical Garden, and make a trip to Zocalo.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca driving holiday planner .

Getting from Puebla to Oaxaca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Puebla in August, with highs in Oaxaca at 34°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tule Tree
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Basilica de la Soledad ©
Basilica de la Soledad

2
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 9th (Fri), make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, get to know the resident critters at Aluxes Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Palenque vacation builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Palenque takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Aluxes Palenque ©
Aluxes Palenque

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Merida with a short trip to Uxmal in Uxmal, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc, explore the ancient world of Mayapan Mayan Ruins, examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Merida trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Merida takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Merida due to the time zone difference. In August in Merida, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Uxmal
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins

2
nights
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.
Ek Balam has been added to your itinerary. On the 14th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Ek Balam and then Head underground at Cenote Xkeken. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Casa de los Venados, take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot.

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You can drive from Merida to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Chichen Itza sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valladolid, Ek Balam, Cenote Yokdzonot
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): cool off at Xcaret Park. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tulum trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in August: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen
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Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Gran Cenote ©
Gran Cenote

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Discover Mexico Park Cozumel as well as San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, kick back and relax at Playa Palancar, and identify plant and animal life at Palancar Reef.

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

Drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

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nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). Spend the 24th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, go for a walk through Av Kukulkan, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and stroll through Playa Delfines.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun day trip site .

Drive from Cozumel to Cancun in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines

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