43 days in Mexico Itinerary

43 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Fly
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Cozumel
— 4 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum
— 6 nights
Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 4 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly
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Oaxaca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puebla
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Miguel de Allende
— 4 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 5 nights
Drive
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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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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Chankanaab Reef and Playa Chen Rio. Visit San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel) and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Martin, look for gifts at Sergio's Silver from Taxco, head outdoors with Chucho Underwater, and surround yourself with nature on Explora Caribe.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Cozumel is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in December: high temperatures in Cozumel hover around 31°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, and then explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary website.

Getting from Cozumel to Chichen Itza by combination of ferry and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Chichen Itza. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
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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.
Visiting Paradise Beach and Skydiving will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Los Fundadores and Mayan Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: La Playa Xpuha (in Xpu-Ha), Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals (in Akumal) and Spas (in Playa del Carmen). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower, get outside with Ziggy Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, Tulum is little chillier than Chichen Itza - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Palenque

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier" and Museo Del Textil. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Iglesia Santo Domingo. Go for a jaunt from Palenque to Catazaja to see Playas de Catazaja about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Aluxes Palenque, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Palenque holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tulum to Palenque in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Antiguo Palacio de Iturbide and Museo Nacional de San Carlos. Get some historical perspective at Square of the Three Cultures and Zona Arqueologica Tlatelolco. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at MIDE, Interactive Museum of Economics, visit Zona Rosa, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo Trick Eye, and shop like a local with Ambarte.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Palenque to Mexico City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
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Oaxaca

— 3 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 explore and learn at Alvarez Bravo Photographic Center and Voces de Copal. Get a sense of the local culture at Convento de San Jeronimo and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. Step out of Oaxaca with an excursion to Isaac Vasquez Studio in Teotitlan del Valle--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Coyote Aventuras, contemplate the long history of Temple Tlacochahuaya, and view the masterpieces at Galeria omar Hernandez.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oaxaca online holiday planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Oaxaca by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Side Trip

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Puebla

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for gifts at La monarca, steep yourself in history at Ex-Convento de San Gabriel, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo San Francisco Acatepec. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo Regional de la Revolucion Mexicana - Puebla and then examine the collection at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Zetina.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Puebla travel planning app.

You can drive from Oaxaca to Puebla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, expect Puebla to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puebla

Side Trip

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Jardin and Oratorio of San Felipe Neri. Visit Templo de la Compania de Jesus Oratorio de San Felipe Neri and Templo de San Francisco for their historical value. Step out of San Miguel de Allende with an excursion to Iglesia de San Diego in Guanajuato--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Parroquia, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops, and take an in-depth tour of Ignacio Allende House (Casa de Ignacio Allende).

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende day trip app.

Getting from Puebla to San Miguel de Allende by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in San Miguel de Allende sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Historic Sites · Museums · Classes · Shopping

Side Trips

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Puerto Vallarta

— 5 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Cassandra Shaw Jewelry and A Broken Art Mosaic Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Los Arcos de Mismaloya. Explore Puerto Vallarta's surroundings by going to Playa De Los Muertos (in Sayulita) and Cabo Corrientes (Playa Las Animas & Vallarta Botanical Gardens). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico, get outside with Bahía de Banderas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and make a trip to El Centro.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta online attractions planner.

You can fly from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Miguel de Allende in January; daily highs in Puerto Vallarta reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral Mazatlan Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visiting Venados Baseball Club and Playa Olas Altas will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Malecon de Mazatlan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Acuario Mazatlan, look for gifts at Onilikan, and play a few rounds at Estrella Del Mar Golf Course.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mazatlan trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January since evenings lows in Mazatlan dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery and La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cabo San Lucas side-trips: San Jose del Cabo (Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) & Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte). There's lots more to do: stroll through Santa Maria Beach, kick back and relax at Divorce beach, tee off at Cabo del Sol Golf Club, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Solmar.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mazatlan to Cabo San Lucas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mazatlan in January, you will find days in Cabo San Lucas are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are a bit warmer (20°C). On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

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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.