31 days in North America Itinerary

31 days in North America Itinerary

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Acapulco
— 4 nights
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Cuernavaca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tepoztlan
Drive
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Puebla
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Pedro Cholula
Drive
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Tlaxcala
Drive
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Coatepec
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boca del Rio
— 1 night
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Oaxaca
— 2 nights
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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Villahermosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Campeche
— 2 nights
Drive
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Merida
— 1 night
Drive
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Izamal
— 1 night
Drive
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Chichen Itza
Drive
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Valladolid
Drive
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Cancun
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Isla Mujeres
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Bus to Playa del Carmen
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Playa del Carmen
Drive
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Tulum
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Acapulco

— 4 nights
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Get some historical perspective at Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) and Zona Arqueologica de Tehuacalco. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Ventura and Playa Pichilingue. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Barra de Coyuca, don't miss a visit to Capilla del Atardecer, take in the waterfront activity at Club de Yates, and stop by Casa de la Cultura.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Acapulco tour itinerary planner.

Tijuana to Acapulco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Tijuana in May, you will find days in Acapulco are warmer (39°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Cuernavaca

— 2 nights
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. On the 6th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Indigena Contemporaneo, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then delve into the distant past at Piramides de Teopanzolco.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cuernavaca trip planner.

You can drive from Acapulco to Cuernavaca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Acapulco in May; daily highs in Cuernavaca reach 36°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tepoztlan.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Spas · Museums · Historic Sites

Tepoztlan

Tepoztlán is a town in the Mexican state of Morelos. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then sample the tasty concoctions at Lagartija Club Mezcal.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tepoztlan travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cuernavaca to Tepoztlan takes an hour. In May in Tepoztlan, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Puebla.

Things to do in Tepoztlan

Spas · Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your trip

Puebla

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Cantona and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Secret Convent of Santa Monica.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puebla trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Tepoztlan to Puebla takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tepoztlan in May, expect Puebla to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Pedro Cholula.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

San Pedro Cholula

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro Cholula online journey planner.

You can drive from Puebla to San Pedro Cholula in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will leave for Tlaxcala on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in San Pedro Cholula

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Tlaxcala

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tlaxcala trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Pedro Cholula to Tlaxcala takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Tlaxcala are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Coatepec.

Things to do in Tlaxcala

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Coatepec

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museo del Cafe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco, then stop by Los Milagros Galeria, then see the interesting displays at Museo de La Orquidea, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casa Bautista Galvez.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Coatepec journey planner.

You can drive from Tlaxcala to Coatepec in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Boca del Rio.

Things to do in Coatepec

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Boca del Rio

— 1 night
For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Boca del Rio holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Coatepec to Boca del Rio takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Boca del Rio

Fun & Games · Shopping

Oaxaca

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Tue), Head underground at Yagul, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Bocana, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Felipe Neri Temple. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria de la Asuncion, contemplate the long history of Convento de Cuilapam, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Boca del Rio to Oaxaca takes 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Boca del Rio in May since evenings lows in Oaxaca dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Cristobal de las Casas

— 3 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. Iglesia de Guadalupe and Iglesia de San Nicolas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Center and Spas. Change things up with a short trip to Cascadas El Chiflon in Tzimol (about 1h 50 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Centro Cultural Altos de Chiapas, view the masterpieces at Foro Cultural Kinoki, browse the exhibits of Arteria Chiapas, and stroll around Parque.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read San Cristobal de las Casas itinerary builder.

You can drive from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Oaxaca in May; daily highs in San Cristobal de las Casas reach 41°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Villahermosa.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Villahermosa

— 2 nights
Villahermosa is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Tabasco, and the municipal seat of the Centro municipality. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral del Senor de Tabasco, then take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Carlos Pellicer, and then explore the ancient world of Comalcalco. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Museo de Historia Natural and then examine the collection at Drupa Museo Interactivo del Chocolate.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Villahermosa trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Cristobal de las Casas to Villahermosa by car takes about 5 hours. In May in Villahermosa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Villahermosa

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Campeche

— 2 nights
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museo Becal, then steep yourself in history at Sea Gate (Puerta del Mar), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Roman. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Campeche Country Club.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Campeche driving holiday planner.

Drive from Villahermosa to Campeche in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Villahermosa to Campeche is 1 hour. Traveling from Villahermosa in May, you will find days in Campeche are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

Outdoors · Golf · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Merida

— 1 night
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Casa Museo Montes Molina.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Merida attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Campeche to Merida takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Izamal.

Things to do in Merida

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

Izamal

— 1 night
Izamal is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 72 km (about 40 miles) east of state capital Mérida, in southern Mexico.Izamal was continuously occupied throughout most of Mesoamerican chronology; in 2000, the city's estimated population was 15,000 people. For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Izamal trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Merida to Izamal takes an hour. May in Izamal sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), you're off to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Izamal

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Chichen Itza

Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza online travel planner.

You can drive from Izamal to Chichen Itza in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Izamal in May: highs in Chichen Itza hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 30°C. You will leave for Valladolid on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Valladolid

Sultana of the East

One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Valladolid trip planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Valladolid by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Valladolid, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 31°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), you're off to Cancun.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Cancun

— 5 nights
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.
Visit Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen for their historical value. Relax by the water at Playa Marlin and Xcacel Beach. Spend the 29th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Escenica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Chacmool, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Valladolid to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, Cancun is a bit cooler than Valladolid - with highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Guadalupe and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres day trip planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites

Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen and then take in the exciting artwork at Sol Jaguar.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Getting from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen by combination of ferry and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi. May in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Tulum

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Morelos travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Mountains · Ruins

Veracruz travel guide

4.4
Aquariums · Landmarks · Castles
Though it features a long coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, Veracruz remains off the radar for most foreign visitors. A slim crescent of land a day trip away from Mexico City, this eastern state boasts several major archaeological sites, rarely crowded yet packed with history. A holiday in Veracruz lets your experience the less-traveled side of the country, where it's easy to soak up the local culture by trying out traditional culinary specialties and touring the area's quaint colonial towns. Most travelers begin their adventure in the port city of Veracruz, eastern Mexico's major hub of tourism with good shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

Chiapas travel guide

4.4
Waterfalls · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Mexico's southernmost state, Chiapas encompasses a relatively compact area that packs quite a punch when it comes to natural attractions. Chiapas tours lead visitors through a mountainous area dotted with pristine lakes, national parks, and friendly pueblos largely unspoiled by mass tourism. The city of San Cristobal acts as a natural base for many Chiapas holidays, featuring everything from centuries-old churches to trendy bars. Day-trip ideas from this lively urban center include tours of nearby Mayan ruins and visits to one of Mexico's remotest biosphere reserves. At the far south of the state, you'll likely have one of the last stretches of the country's relatively undeveloped coastline all to yourself.

Tabasco travel guide

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Natural History Museums · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums

Campeche travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites

Yucatan travel guide

4.6
Ruins · Geologic Formations · Architectural Buildings
A trip to Yucatan reveals a place that caters to the more tranquil of travelers interested in seeing Mexico away from big crowds and modern resorts. A good alternative for anyone disinclined to visit Cancun or Cabo San Lucas, this part of the country boasts numerous historical and natural attractions, including pristine mangrove forests, quaint colonial-era towns, and a string of unspoiled beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Most visitors begin their tour of Yucatan in Merida, the under-the-radar state capital considered one of Mexico's safest and architecturally significant cities. From there, you're just a drive away from hundreds of Mayan ruins, proof that organized humans lived here as long ago as 800 BCE.

Quintana Roo travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Theme Parks
One of Mexico's 31 states, Quintana Roo features a long Caribbean shoreline dotted with numerous modern tourist resorts, as well as small settlements preserving their traditional way of life and resisting the pitfalls of mass tourism. Cancun remains one of the most popular places to visit in Quintana Roo, but this area also boasts many less-crowded destinations made for vacationers seeking a bit of tranquility and lots of sunshine. The state also encompasses several islands, sheltering a varied native wildlife and serving as cozy retreats for anyone wishing to spend their Quintana Roo vacation fishing, diving, snorkeling, and basking on pristine sands.