10 days in Oaxaca, Chetumal & Chiapas Itinerary

10 days in Oaxaca, Chetumal & Chiapas Itinerary

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Oaxaca
— 2 nights
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Chetumal
— 1 night
Drive
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Palenque
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 3 nights
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Oaxaca

— 2 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.
Let the collections at Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban and Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C. capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coyote Aventuras, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the Oaxaca day trip planning website.

Mexico City to Oaxaca is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in August: highs in Oaxaca hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Chetumal.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Chetumal

— 1 night
Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. On the 29th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Malecon de Chetumal and then head outdoors with Mayan World Adventures.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chetumal tour site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oaxaca to Chetumal. Traveling from Oaxaca to Chetumal, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Chetumal is a bit warmer than Oaxaca - with highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Chetumal

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Palenque

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Agua Azul Waterfalls and Welib Ja Waterfalls. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, and explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Palenque online trip maker.

Drive from Chetumal to Palenque in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Chetumal to Palenque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

San Cristobal de las Casas

— 3 nights
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Let the collections at Templo de Santo Domingo and Steps in San Cristobal capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo del Ambar, take an in-depth tour of Asociacion Cultural Na Bolom, and view the masterpieces at Enzue.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas travel route planner.

Take a shuttle from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in San Cristobal de las Casas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums · Shopping · Nature · Classes

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Chiapas travel guide

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Waterfalls · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Mexico's southernmost state, Chiapas encompasses a relatively compact area that packs quite a punch when it comes to natural attractions. Chiapas tours lead visitors through a mountainous area dotted with pristine lakes, national parks, and friendly pueblos largely unspoiled by mass tourism. The city of San Cristobal acts as a natural base for many Chiapas holidays, featuring everything from centuries-old churches to trendy bars. Day-trip ideas from this lively urban center include tours of nearby Mayan ruins and visits to one of Mexico's remotest biosphere reserves. At the far south of the state, you'll likely have one of the last stretches of the country's relatively undeveloped coastline all to yourself.