42 days in Mexico Itinerary

42 days in Mexico Itinerary

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42 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Aberdeen, Scotland
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Zihuatanejo
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
La Paz
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h 30 min
7
Mahahual
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Chichen Itza
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Aberdeen, Scotland

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.
National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and National Palace (Palacio Nacional) will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palacio de Bellas Artes and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center (Centro Historico), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City tour itinerary planner .

Aberdeen, UK to Mexico City is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. When traveling from Aberdeen in January, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Soledad, and finally delve into the distant past at Monte Alban. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez, then examine the collection at Oaxaca Textile Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Voces de Copal.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Oaxaca trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zihuatanejo.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

5
nights
Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo ©
Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa la Ropa and Playa Larga. Escape the urban bustle at Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa) and Playa Blanca. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Las Gatas, stroll through Playa el Palmar, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclopista de Ixtapa.

Discover how to plan a Zihuatanejo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Oaxaca to Zihuatanejo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, Zihuatanejo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Zihuatanejo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ixtapa
Highlights from your plan
Playa la Ropa ©
Playa la Ropa
Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa) ©
Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa)
Playa Las Gatas ©
Playa Las Gatas

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Get some cultural insight at The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Old Vallarta. We've included these beaches for you: Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Sayulita Beach. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Vallarta to Nuevo Vallarta to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, view the masterpieces at Abdallahy 4D, admire the masterpieces at OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta driving holiday app .

Traveling by flight from Zihuatanejo to Puerto Vallarta takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zihuatanejo in January, expect Puerto Vallarta to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Sayulita Beach
Highlights from your plan
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

4
nights
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.
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art and Mi Casa Azul Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Chileno Beach and Santa Maria Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa del Amor, explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Medano Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas vacation maker website .

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mi Casa Azul Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Balandra Beach and Playa Migrino. Step out of the city life by going to Isla Espiritu Santo and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Go for a jaunt from La Paz to Los Tecolotes to see Balandra Beach about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, get outside with HarkerBoard co., kick back and relax at Ensenada Grande, and pause for some photo ops at Dove of Peace Monument.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read La Paz travel planner .

You can drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in January since evenings lows in La Paz dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mahahual.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Migrino, Balandra Beach
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Mahahual

A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Step out of the city life by going to Maya Chan Beach and Mahahual Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yaya Beach and stop by Colleen's Magnetic Jewelry.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mahahual visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from La Paz to Mahahual in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from La Paz to Mahahual. In January, Mahahual is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben ©
Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben
Mahahual Beach ©
Mahahual Beach

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ek Balam and Chichen Itza archaeological site. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chichen Itza and Convent de San Bernardino de Siena. Get out of town with these interesting Chichen Itza side-trips: Valladolid (Casa de los Venados, Catedral de San Servasio, & more).

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza route tool .

Drive from Mahahual to Chichen Itza in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chichen Itza when traveling from Mahahual in February, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Valladolid, Yucatan Peninsula, Ek Balam, Ek Balam
Highlights from your plan
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Balam Art On Feathers. Get outdoors at Playa Paraiso and Ziggy Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Akumal (Aktun Chen & Yal-ku Lagoon). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 8th (Fri) at Xel-Ha. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote, get outside with Cenote Tak Be Ha, and kick back and relax at Xcacel Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Tulum trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in February, expect Tulum to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akumal, Xcacel Beach, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

4
nights
Cozumel

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.
Get outdoors at Palancar Reef and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paradise Beach and Santa Rosa Wall. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, cast your line with a fishing tour, and explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel online attractions planner .

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by combination of bus, ferry, and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. February in Cozumel sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

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