12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

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12 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Diego
+2
Foot + Bus + Fly:  6 h
1
Guadalajara
— 3 nights
Drive:  15 min
2
Tlaquepaque
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
3
Chapala
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Tequila
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 45 min
End: San Diego

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.
Guadalajara is known for historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, stroll around Bosque Colomos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Zapopan, and have some family-friendly fun at TOM Guadalajara.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Guadalajara trip website .

San Diego, USA to Guadalajara is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Guadalajara when traveling from San Diego in September, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Tlaquepaque.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

TOM Guadalajara
Highlights from your plan
Acuario Michin Guadalajara ©
Acuario Michin Guadalajara
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Palacio de Gobierno ©
Palacio de Gobierno

1
night
Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque ©
Tlaquepaque, historically San Pedro Tlaquepaque, is a city and the surrounding municipality in the Mexican state of Jalisco.GeographyDuring the 20th century it was absorbed by the outward spread of the state capital and is now a fully integrated part of the Guadalajara conurbation, lying only a few kilometres from the city centre. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Independencia Avenue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of St. Peter the Apostle, sample the fine beverages at La Cata Tequileria & Mezcaleria, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Pantaleon Panduro, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tlaquepaque itinerary website .

Tlaquepaque is just a short distance from Guadalajara. In September, daytime highs in Tlaquepaque are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chapala.

Things to do in Tlaquepaque

Breweries & Distilleries Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La Cata Tequileria & Mezcaleria ©
La Cata Tequileria & Mezcaleria
Museo Pantaleon Panduro ©
Museo Pantaleon Panduro
Independencia Avenue ©
Independencia Avenue

1
night
Chapala

Chapala ©
Chapala is a town and municipality in the central Mexican state of Jalisco, located on the north shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico's largest freshwater lake. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at San Andres Catholic Church, look for gifts at Diane Pearl Collecions, then don't miss a visit to Ajijic Malecon, then get to know the fascinating history of Chapala Malecon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Francisco.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chapala trip planner .

Drive from Tlaquepaque to Chapala in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tequila.

Things to do in Chapala

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Ajijic
Highlights from your plan
Parroquia de San Francisco ©
Parroquia de San Francisco
Ajijic Malecon ©
Ajijic Malecon
Chapala Malecon ©
Chapala Malecon

2
nights
Tequila

Tequila ©
Santiago de Tequila is a town and municipality located in the state of Jalisco about 60 km from the city of Guadalajara. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tequila Tres Mujeres, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia Santiago Apostol, then stop by La Damajuana Galeria, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at La Cata Tequila Tasting Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, sample the fine beverages at La Fortaleza, and then sample the fine beverages at Destileria La Alborada.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tequila vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Chapala to Tequila in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Tequila can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Tequila

Breweries & Distilleries Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tequila Tres Mujeres
Highlights from your plan
La Fortaleza ©
La Fortaleza
Destileria La Alborada ©
Destileria La Alborada
Tequila Tres Mujeres ©
Tequila Tres Mujeres

4
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Sayulita (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, head off the coast to Los Arcos, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta day trip planning website .

Getting from Tequila to Puerto Vallarta by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tequila in September, things will get a bit warmer in Puerto Vallarta: highs are around 88°F and lows about 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
Highlights from your plan
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline
Swim with Dolphins

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