21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Palenque
— 1 night
2
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 2 nights
3
Mexico City
— 6 nights
4
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
5
La Paz
— 2 nights
6
San Jose del Cabo
— 3 nights
7
Mexico City
— 3 nights

1
night
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 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes, thendelve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Palenque planner.

Villahermosa to Palenque is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to San Cristobal de las Casas.

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Aluxes ©
Aluxes
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Iglesia Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia Santo Domingo

2
nights
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Cristobal de las Casas: Chiapa de Corzo (Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero & La Pila). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo del Ambar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, take an in-depth tour of Asociacion Cultural Na Bolom, and take in the exciting artwork at Enzue.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas trip planning app.

Getting from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas by shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

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Chiapa de Corzo
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Museo del Ambar ©
Museo del Ambar
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Asociacion Cultural Na Bolom ©
Asociacion Cultural Na Bolom

6
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: San Juan Teotihuacan (Teotihuacan Pyramids & Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5) and Catedral de Texcoco -La Inmaculada Concepcion (in Texcoco). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take a stroll through Historic Center (Centro Historico), browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo, and get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mexico City planning tool.

You can fly from San Cristobal de las Casas to Mexico City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in October, with highs in Mexico City at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mexico City

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San Juan Teotihuacan, Catedral de Texcoco -La Inmaculada Concepcion
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Church of Saint Luke and then explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront activity at Marina Cabo San Lucas, thenget outside with Outdoor Activities, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas route planning site.

Fly from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas. When traveling from Mexico City in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cabo San Lucas: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

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El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Marina Cabo San Lucas ©
Marina Cabo San Lucas

2
nights
La Paz

La Paz ©
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): head off the coast to Isla Espiritu Santo and then get outside with Playa El Tecolote (Tecolote Beach). On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Paz Cathedral, thenstop by Casa Parra Gallery, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach, and finally make a trip to Malecon.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Paz road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in October: highs in La Paz hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose del Cabo.

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Isla Espiritu Santo ©
Isla Espiritu Santo
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach
Malecon
Malecon

3
nights
San Jose del Cabo

San Jose del Cabo ©
Underdeveloped and unexplored for most of its history, San Jose del Cabo emerged as a major tourist destination in the 1970s, when a growing number of sun-and-sand visitors discovered the area's appealing beaches.
On the 21st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenstop by Manuel Sanchez Jewelry, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): browse the exhibits of Galeria de Ida Victoria, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Jose, thendon't miss a visit to Plaza Mijares, and finally view the masterpieces at Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the San Jose del Cabo tour itinerary planner.

Drive from La Paz to San Jose del Cabo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Jose del Cabo

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Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery ©
Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) ©
Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach)
Plaza Mijares ©
Plaza Mijares

3
nights
Mexico City

On the 24th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, examine the collection at Museo Soumaya, and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Popular. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mexico City vacation planner.

You can fly from San Jose del Cabo to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose del Cabo to Mexico City is 1 hour. Traveling from San Jose del Cabo in October, expect Mexico City to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Tours
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Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino ©
Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino

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