44 days in Mexico Itinerary

44 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Monterrey
Fly
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Oaxaca
— 4 nights
Fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport, Bus to San Cristobal de las Casas
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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 3 nights
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Drive to Angel Albino Corzo International Airport, Fly to Licenciado Manuel Crescencio Rejon Int Airport, Drive to Izamal
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Izamal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sian Ka'an
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calakmul
— 1 night
Drive
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Campeche
— 7 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Puebla
— 2 nights
Fly
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Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Guanajuato
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zacatecas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 3 nights
Drive
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Areponapuchi
— 1 night
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Creel
— 2 nights

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Monterrey

City of the Mountains

An industrial powerhouse and a major transportation hub close to the Texas border, Monterrey offers visitors a blend of culture, art, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Luis Gonzaga.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterrey route builder tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, Plan De Guadalupe International Airport and Del Norte International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Monterrey

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Oaxaca

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coyote Aventuras and Spas. Get a sense of the local culture at Zona Arqueologica de Atzompa and Convento de San Jeronimo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oaxaca: Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles (in San Martin Tilcajete), Dainzu (in Tlacolula) and Zona Arqueologica Zaachila (in Zaachila). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Del Amor, explore the world behind art at Alvarez Bravo Photographic Center, contemplate the long history of Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina, and gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oaxaca sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Monterrey to Oaxaca by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · 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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): scramble along the landscape with Vertigo Rock Climbing, take in the exciting artwork at Foro Cultural Kinoki, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Guadalupe, then view the masterpieces at Arteria Chiapas, and finally examine the collection at Steps in San Cristobal. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo Centro Cultural Altos de Chiapas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Nicolas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center, examine the collection at Museo Mesoamericano del Jade, then examine the collection at Museo de Trajes Regionales de Sergio Castro, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Jtatik Samuel.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Cristobal de las Casas trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Cristobal de las Casas, with lows of 62°F. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Izamal.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Izamal

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): Head underground at Grutas Santa Maria, then get a dose of the wild on Cenotes de Homun Tours en Mototaxi, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote San Antonio, and finally Head underground at Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hecho a Mano, admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal, make a trip to Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Izamal, then Head underground at Cenote Sambula, and finally explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Ake.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Izamal online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from San Cristobal de las Casas to Izamal with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. January in Izamal sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Izamal

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Tulum

— 2 nights
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 11th (Mon), get outside with Ziggy Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Playa Xpuha, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ecopark Kantun Chi. Here are some ideas for day two: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach, then stroll through Paradise Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Las Pinturas.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tulum trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Izamal to Tulum in 3 hours. When traveling from Izamal in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tulum: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sian Ka'an.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Sian Ka'an

— 2 nights
On the 13th (Wed), stroll through Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sian Ka'an road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tulum to Sian Ka'an. You will leave for Calakmul on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Sian Ka'an

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Calakmul

— 1 night
On the 15th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Balamku Archaeological Zone, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec, see the interesting displays at Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueologia de Calakmul, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul, and finally explore and take pictures at Calakmul.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Calakmul road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sian Ka'an to Calakmul. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Calakmul

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Campeche

— 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Campeche and Zona Arqueologica de Oxkintok. Zona Arqueologica de Santa Rosa Xtampac and Zona Arqueologica Xcalumkin will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Grutas de Calcehtok (in Calcehtok), Ecoturismo Ich Ha Lol Xaan (in Hampolol) and Oxkintok (in Maxcanu). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Dulce Nombre de Jesus, get engrossed in the history at Centro Cultural "El Palacio" (Museo de Fortificaciones, Comercio y Navegación), and get outside with Campeche Tarpon.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Campeche trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Calakmul to Campeche takes 5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Campeche are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Campeche

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mexico City

— 6 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan and Franz Mayer Museum (Museo Franz Mayer). Get in touch with nature at Lago del Bosque de Chapultepec and Balloon Rides. Change things up with these side-trips from Mexico City: San Juan Teotihuacan (Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada & Teotihuacan Pyramids) and Cuernavaca (Galerias Cuernavaca, Piramides de Teopanzolco, &more). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Parque Ecoturistico Canon del Sumidero. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Casa De Leon Trotsky, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Alameda Central, and don't miss a visit to Cineteca Nacional.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City vacation maker.

Explore your travel options from Campeche to Mexico City with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Campeche to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Campeche in January, expect nights in Mexico City to be much colder, around 44°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Puebla

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Zetina, examine the collection at Museo Regional de la Revolucion Mexicana Casa de Los Hermanos Serdan, steep yourself in history at Pasaje Historico del 5 de Mayo, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Evolucion Puebla (Museum of Evolution Puebla), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Secret Convent of Santa Monica, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional de Cholula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Palacio de gobierno de Tlaxcala, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Tlaxcala, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Ocotlan, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ex-convento de San Francisco de Puebla, and finally examine the collection at Museo de la Talavera Poblana Armando.

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

Getting from Mexico City to Puebla by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. January in Puebla sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Guadalajara

— 2 nights

Pearl of the West

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 31st (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu, appreciate the history behind Glorieta La Minerva, then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, then wander the streets of Mirador del Palomar, and finally make a trip to Independencia Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de San Agustin, then admire the landmark architecture of Rectoria de la Universidad de Guadalajara, then take in breathtaking views at Barranca de Oblatos, and finally get a new perspective on things with Recinto Maya Kay.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Guadalajara road trip planning website.

You can fly from Puebla to Guadalajara in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. January in Guadalajara sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Guanajuato.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Guanajuato

— 3 nights
Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Guanajuato spills over hilly terrain in central Mexico, luring visitors with its pleasant tree-shaded plazas and friendly sidewalk cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): wander the streets of Calle Puebla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Grito, do a tasting at Vinedos Cuna de Tierra, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de San Francisco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Parroquia, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, see the interesting displays at Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Gene Byron, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Diego, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Historical Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Guanajuato visit planner.

You can drive from Guadalajara to Guanajuato in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in February, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zacatecas.

Things to do in Guanajuato

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Zacatecas

— 2 nights

Quarry City

Beautifully preserved architecture and a refreshing lack of mass tourism remain among the main reasons to take a trip to Zacatecas, a colonial-era city at the heart of Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo Zacatecano, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguerez, enjoy breathtaking views from Camara Oscura, whizz through the canopy at Tirolesa 840, then examine the collection at Museo Toma de Zacatecas, and finally have fun and explore at Playmohistoria - Museo tematico de ninos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of the Immaculate Conception, don't miss a visit to Teatro Hinojosa, get to know the fascinating history of Santuario de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, then examine the collection at Museum of Ramon Lopez Velarde, then make a trip to Acueducto de Zacatecas, and finally learn about winemaking at Vinicola Campo Real.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zacatecas trip tool.

Drive from Guanajuato to Zacatecas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Guanajuato in February, things will get slightly colder in Zacatecas: highs are around 73°F and lows about 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Zacatecas

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Durango

— 3 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zona arqueologica de Ferreria and Paseo del Viejo Oeste. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hacienda de la Ferreria and Nuestra Senora de Santa Ana.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip planner.

You can drive from Zacatecas to Durango in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Zacatecas to Durango is 1 hour. While traveling from Zacatecas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Areponapuchi.

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Areponapuchi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): head outdoors with Adventure Park Copper Canyon Divisadero.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Areponapuchi trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Durango to Areponapuchi takes 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Durango to Areponapuchi. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Creel.

Things to do in Areponapuchi

Outdoors

Side Trip

Creel

— 2 nights
Creel is a town in the Sierra Tarahumara of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. On the 11th (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Sierra Tarahumara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cusarare Mission, take in the spiritual surroundings of Satevo Mission, then trot along with Creel Paseos A Caballo Vaquero, and finally explore the striking landscape at San Ignacio Arareko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Cristo Rey, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Ignacio Mission, explore the world behind art at Museo Casa de Las Artesanias, then take in the natural beauty of Recohuata Hot Spring, and finally stroll through Valley of the Monks.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Creel vacation planning website.

Drive from Areponapuchi to Creel in 1.5 hours. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Creel

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Guanajuato travel guide

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Landmarks · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Granary of the Republic
With well over a third of its area suitable for agriculture, Guanajuato remains the "Granary of the Republic" as a major producer of corn, beans, sorghum, barley, and wheat. A tour of Guanajuato allows you to trace the "Bicentennial Route," originally followed by an insurgent army led by Miguel Hidalgo, one of the leaders of Mexican struggle for independence. Other popular things to do in Guanajuato include exploring historical haciendas and mines, attending local festivals, and visiting the state's thriving cities. Start in the World Heritage-listed eponymous capital, known for its cobblestoned streets, pleasant plazas, and unusual underground roadways.

Copper Canyon travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Canyons · Waterfalls