32 days in Mexico Itinerary

32 days in Mexico Itinerary

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32 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Gainesville
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
La Paz
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Puebla
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Oaxaca
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
7
Palenque
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Campeche
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  5​h 45​min
10
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Tulum
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
12
San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h
End: Gainesville


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2
nights
Cabo San Lucas

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.
Get in touch with nature at Medano Beach and El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End). Church of Saint Luke and La Turquesa Jewelry and Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas online trip builder .

Gainesville, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Gainesville to Cabo San Lucas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. June in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Fishing Charters & Tours

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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.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Diaz Castro Galeria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Paz Cathedral, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Espiritu Santo.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz itinerary website .

You can drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in June, you will find days in La Paz are somewhat warmer (100°F), and nights are a bit cooler (69°F). On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Isla Espiritu Santo ©
Isla Espiritu Santo
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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.
On the 28th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalajara Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Teatro Degollado, then meet the residents at Zoologico Guadalajara, and finally see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chapala Malecon, get to know the fascinating history of Romantic Lake Chapala, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Zapopan, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Expiatory Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Guadalajara holiday maker app .

Fly from La Paz to Guadalajara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from La Paz to Guadalajara, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from La Paz in June: high temperatures in Guadalajara hover around 85°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Chapala Malecon
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Basilica de Zapopan ©
Basilica de Zapopan

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Zocalo will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Anthropology and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, take in the exciting artwork at Arto Otra, admire the landmark architecture of La Ensenanza, and explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip planning app .

Drive from Guadalajara to Mexico City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guadalajara in June, expect Mexico City to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo ©
Zocalo

2
nights
Puebla

Puebla
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): meet the residents at Africam Safari, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Andres Cholula, and then wander the streets of Zocalo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica de Puebla, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puebla travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Puebla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. July in Puebla sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

San Pedro Cholula
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Africam Safari
Africam Safari
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra

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Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
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 6th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, take in the exciting artwork at Voces de Copal, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Benito Juárez, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Soledad, and finally steep yourself in history at Monte Alban. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with The Water Boils, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Union de Palenqueros de Oaxaca, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Puebla to Oaxaca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Puebla in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Oaxaca: highs are around 85°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban

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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 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playas de Catazaja. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aluxes Ecoparque and then make a trip to Palenque ruinas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Palenque trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Palenque in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playas de Catazaja
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Playas de Catazaja ©
Playas de Catazaja

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Campeche

Campeche ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Zona Arquelogica Edzna and then take advantage of the amenities at Campeche Country Club. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Campeche Waterfront Promenade, take a stroll through Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche, and then contemplate the long history of Puerta de Tierra.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Campeche trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Palenque to Campeche takes 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 97°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites Fun & Games Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Puerta de Tierra ©
Puerta de Tierra
Campeche Country Club ©
Campeche Country Club

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nights
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 (Sat): delve into the distant past at El Castillo, steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then see the vivid underwater world at Chinchorro Reef, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza road trip planning site .

Drive from Campeche to Chichen Itza in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Campeche in July, you will find days in Chichen Itza are little chillier (92°F), and nights are about the same (79°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cenote Yokdzonot, Chinchorro Reef
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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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.
On the 15th (Mon), make a trip to San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica del Cedral and then kick back and relax at Playa Palancar.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Chichen Itza to Cozumel in 6 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chichen Itza in July: high temperatures in Cozumel hover around 86°F and lows are around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site ©

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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.
On the 17th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach, then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote. Here are some ideas for day two: try out the rides at Xel-Ha.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, learn about winemaking at Vinedos Cuna de Tierra, then get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then look for gifts at Abrazos San Miguel, and then see the interesting displays at La Esquina Mexican Toy Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Allende trip maker .

Getting from Tulum to San Miguel de Allende by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Tulum to San Miguel de Allende, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tulum in July since evenings lows in San Miguel de Allende dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Vinedos Cuna de Tierra
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

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