36 days in Mexico Itinerary

36 days in Mexico Itinerary

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36 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  27 h
1
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Cancun
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
4
Merida
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h
5
San Miguel de Allende
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Guadalajara
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Puebla
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  34 h
End: Perth

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bosque de Chapultepec and Ride MB. Get some historical perspective at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the galleries of Arto Otra, take a stroll through Coyoacan, and examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City online trip planner .

Perth, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Mexico City is minus 14 hours. Traveling from Perth in January, you will find days in Mexico City are much colder (24°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cozumel.

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
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Galo Art Studio or Puerta Maya. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and BALAM Art Painted on Feathers. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Diamonds International, delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Palancar.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cozumel trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Mexico City in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cozumel, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

5
nights
Cancun

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Akumal Beach and Playa Tortugas. Museum-lovers will get to explore Antaras Onix and 3D Museum of Wonders. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Cancun sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Cozumel to Cancun by car takes about 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cancun are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, 3D Museum of Wonders
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Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Swim with Dolphins

4
nights
Merida

Merida ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Chichen Itza and La Sala Art&Design Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Cenote Ik kil and Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve. Explore Merida's surroundings by going to Uxmal (in Uxmal) and Cenote Kankirixche (in Mucuyche). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Galeria Tataya, steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, kick back and relax at Celestun, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Merida Cathedral.

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You can fly from Cancun to Merida in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Cancun in February, you will find days in Merida are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Uxmal, Celestun Wildlife Refuge, Cenote Kankirixche
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

5
nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fabrica La Aurora and Arte Divino. Popular historic sites such as Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and El Jardin are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from San Miguel de Allende: Finca Sala Vive by Freixenet Mexico (in Ezequiel Montes), Peña de Bernal (in Queretaro City) and Guanajuato (Museo de Cera, Alhondiga de Granaditas, & more). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Museo La Esquina, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Merida to San Miguel de Allende takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Merida to San Miguel de Allende. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Merida in February: high temperatures in San Miguel de Allende hover around 30°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Guadalajara.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Guanajuato, Peña de Bernal, Finca Sala Vive by Freixenet Mexico
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palacio de Gobierno and Guadalajara Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Instituto Cultural Cabanas and Del Corazon de la Tierra- Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guadalajara: Destileria La Rojena (in Tequila), Zapopan (El Diente & Andares) and Guachimontones (in Teuchitlan). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Expiatory Temple, see the interesting displays at Museum of Sacred Art, take in the exciting artwork at Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Romantic Lake Chapala.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Guadalajara holiday planner .

You can drive from San Miguel de Allende to Guadalajara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Puebla.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Zapopan, Destileria La Rojena, Guachimontones
Highlights from your plan
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Palacio de Gobierno ©
Palacio de Gobierno

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tonantzintla and Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo). Puebla Cathedra and Popocatepetl will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Puebla: San Pedro Cholula (Parroquia de San Andres Cholula & Zona Arqueológica de Cholula) and Huamantla (Volcan La Malinche & La Malinche National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), admire the striking features of La Compania Templo del Espiritu Santo, hunt for treasures at Mercado el Parian, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de San Francisco.

For maps and tourist information, read our Puebla attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Guadalajara to Puebla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in February, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puebla

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Huamantla, San Pedro Cholula, Tonantzintla, Popocatepetl
Highlights from your plan
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Tonantzintla ©
Tonantzintla
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra

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