30 days in Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Mexico Itinerary

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30 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
1
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Guadalajara
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Palenque
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h
5
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Mexico City

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosque de Chapultepec, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Mexico City route maker tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Mexico City. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

9
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Guadalajara: Ajijic Malecon (in Ajijic), Tequila (Destileria La Rojena & Distillery Tours) and Guachimontones (in Teuchitlan). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, relax in the rural setting at Galo de Allende, explore the world behind art at Museo Pantaleon Panduro, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Libertad.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Guadalajara tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Mexico City to Guadalajara in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in October: highs in Guadalajara hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tlaquepaque, Zapopan, Destileria La Rojena, Ajijic Malecon, Guachimontones
Highlights from your plan
Acuario Michin ©
Acuario Michin
Museo Pantaleon Panduro ©
Museo Pantaleon Panduro
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas

3
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Miguel de Allende: Guanajuato (Alhondiga de Granaditas & Monumento al Pipila). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, don't miss a visit to El Jardin, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Histórico Casa de Allende.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende tour planner.

You can drive from Guadalajara to San Miguel de Allende in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. November in San Miguel de Allende sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Guanajuato
Highlights from your plan
Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
El Charco del Ingenio ©
El Charco del Ingenio

2
nights
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 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Palenque trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Miguel de Allende to Palenque in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Palenque

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

3
nights
Cancun

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, go for a walk through Av Kukulkan, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and kick back and relax at Playa Delfines.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Cancun takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Cancun. In November, daytime highs in Cancun are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
El Parque de las Palapas ©
El Parque de las Palapas

1
night
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip site .

Getting from Cancun to Chichen Itza by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chichen Itza when traveling from Cancun in November, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dzibichaltun, Cenote Yokdzonot
Highlights from your plan
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Dzibichaltun ©
Dzibichaltun

4
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, and view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Tulum holiday maker app .

Drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Tulum when traveling from Chichen Itza in November, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Cozumel

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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry, get in on the family fun at Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park, and learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cozumel trip builder .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

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