26 days in Southern Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Southern Mexico Itinerary

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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Comitan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palenque
— 2 nights
Fly
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Puerto Escondido
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mazunte
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pluma Hidalgo
— 1 day
Drive
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Oaxaca
— 15 nights

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San Cristobal de las Casas

— 2 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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Chiapa de Corzo, then explore the stunning scenery at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, and then stop by Maya Kotan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): stroll around Parque, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Cristobal Martir, see the interesting displays at Templo de Santo Domingo, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Kakaw Museo del Cacao & Chocolateria Cultural.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Cristobal de las Casas journey tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Angel Albino Corzo International Airport and Palenque International Airport. In May, daytime highs in San Cristobal de las Casas are 96°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Comitan.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Comitan

— 2 nights
Comitán is the fourth-largest city in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Cascada El Chiflon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Chinkultic and then explore the activities along Lago Montebello.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Comitan trip app.

You can drive from San Cristobal de las Casas to Comitan in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Comitan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palenque

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Sun), stroll through Aluxes Palenque, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, and finally make a trip to Iglesia Santo Domingo. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha and then admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Palenque route planner.

Traveling by car from Comitan to Palenque takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Puerto Escondido

— 2 nights
Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Carrizalillo and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Playa Zicatela, and then kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Angelito.

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Traveling by flight from Palenque to Puerto Escondido takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Escondido are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. You will leave for Mazunte on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Mazunte

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Thu), stroll through Santuario La Escobilla and then explore the activities along Laguna Ventanilla. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Hridaya Yoga and then get great views at Punta Cometa.

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Traveling by car from Puerto Escondido to Mazunte takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pluma Hidalgo.

Things to do in Mazunte

Spas · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Pluma Hidalgo

— 1 day
Pluma Hidalgo is a town and municipality in Oaxaca in south-western Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Garden of Elia Martinez.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pluma Hidalgo tour site.

You can drive from Mazunte to Pluma Hidalgo in 2 hours. June in Pluma Hidalgo sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Oaxaca.

Things to do in Pluma Hidalgo

Parks

Oaxaca

— 15 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Oaxaca: Teotitlan del Valle (Porfirio Gutierrez & Casa Don Taurino), Zona Arqueologica Zaachila (in Zaachila) and Tlacolula (El Rey de Matatlan & Capilla Del Senor De Tlacolula). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, make a trip to Zocalo, and trek along Coyote Aventuras.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca road trip tool.

Drive from Pluma Hidalgo to Oaxaca in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Pluma Hidalgo in June, Oaxaca is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Southern Mexico travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Waterfalls
Home to the mighty Maya civilization before the arrival of medieval Europeans, Southern Mexico most notably includes the Yucatan Peninsula, one of the country's richest regions in terms of history and culture. Tours of Southern Mexico appeal to everyone from history and architecture buffs, to avid photographers and hedonists in search of that perfect seaside spot. A long coastline dotted with modern resorts remains the epicenter of Southern Mexico tourism, offering travelers a chance to blend water sports with culturally enriching visitors to a slew of Maya-related ruins. To get the best of both worlds, include Cancun and Tulum on your Southern Mexico itinerary, and then split your time between sightseeing historical sites and soaking up some Caribbean sunshine.