31 days in North America Itinerary

31 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico sightseeing planner

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Oaxaca
— 7 nights
Fly
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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 6 nights
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Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly to Playa De Oro International Airport, Drive to Barra de Navidad
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Barra de Navidad
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Sayulita
— 6 nights
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Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights

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Oaxaca

— 7 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.
Explore Oaxaca's surroundings by going to Zona Arqueologica de Mitla (in San Pablo Villa de Mitla) and Zona Arqueologica Zaachila (in Zaachila). There's lots more to do: hike along Coyote Aventuras, make a trip to Andador de Macedonia Alcala, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Oaxaca Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Oaxaca journey planner.

San Francisco, USA to Oaxaca is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

San Cristobal de las Casas

— 6 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. Change things up with these side-trips from San Cristobal de las Casas: Tonina (in Ocosingo), Tuxtla Gutierrez (Zoologico Miguel Alvarez del Toro, Chiapa de Corzo, &more) and Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero (in Chiapa de Corzo). There's much more to do: stroll through Cascada El Chiflon, examine the collection at Asociacion Cultural Na Bolom, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo del Carmen.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Cristobal de las Casas journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in San Cristobal de las Casas. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Mexico City

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): wander the streets of Coyoacan, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City day trip planning app.

Getting from San Cristobal de las Casas to Mexico City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, Mexico City is little chillier than San Cristobal de las Casas - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barra de Navidad.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Barra de Navidad

— 3 nights
Barra de Navidad is a small town located on the western coastline of the Mexican state of Jalisco.The town of Barra de Navidad (Christmas Sandbar) with a population of 7000+ is a small farming and fishing community located on the east end of the Bahía de Navidad, 60 km north of Manzanillo. On the 10th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tenacatita, stroll through Cocodrilario La Manzanilla, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Melaque. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Cuastecomates Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Boquita.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Barra de Navidad sightseeing site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mexico City to Barra de Navidad. Traveling from Mexico City in November, you will find days in Barra de Navidad are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are much hotter (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Barra de Navidad

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Isla de Coral (in Rincon de Guayabitos), Playa Chacala (in Chacala) and Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) (in La Penita de Jaltemba).

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco attractions planner.

You can drive from Barra de Navidad to San Francisco in 5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sayulita.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Sayulita

— 6 nights
Sandy beaches, good surfing, and affordable dining draw an increasing number of tourists to vacation in Sayulita, a smaller and less hectic alternative to nearby Puerto Vallarta.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sayulita: Nuevo Vallarta Beach (in Nuevo Vallarta) and Bucerias (Isabel Silver Jewelry, Museo Casa Tequilera, &more). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Marietas Islands, browse the exhibits of A Broken Art Mosaic Gallery, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Playa Las Cuevas.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sayulita journey planning site.

Sayulita is just a short distance from San Francisco. In November in Sayulita, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Sayulita

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Puerto Vallarta

— 3 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Sucesos Art-Wear Boutique, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and take in the dramatic natural features at Los Arcos de Mismaloya.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Sayulita to Puerto Vallarta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Puerto Vallarta, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 25°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife