46 days in Mexico Itinerary

46 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Cancun
— 3 nights
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Merida
— 4 nights
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Campeche
— 1 night
Drive
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Chetumal
— 1 night
Fly
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Mexico City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cuernavaca
— 2 nights
Bus
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Puebla
— 3 nights
Fly
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Veracruz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oaxaca
— 3 nights
Fly
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Acapulco
— 2 nights
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Morelia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queretaro City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zacatecas
— 1 day
Bus to Aguascalientes, Fly to Puerto Vallarta
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Puerto Vallarta
— 1 night
Fly
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Guadalajara
— 2 nights
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Monterrey
— 3 nights
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Mazatlan
— 2 nights
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La Paz
— 3 nights
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Cancun

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Playa Delfines, Mayan Museum of Cancun, Zona Arqueologica El Rey, and other attractions you added. When in Cancun, make a side trip to see Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá in Coba, approximately Coba away. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Av Kukulkan.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Cancun is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Cancun is 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in September: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Merida.

Things to do in Cancun

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Merida

— 4 nights
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.
You've added Museo Casa Montejo, Cenotes Cuzama, Chichen Itza, and other attractions to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Merida to Uxmal to see Uxmal about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral de Merida, see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and admire the striking features of Plaza Grande.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Merida road trip site.

Fly from Cancun to Merida in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Merida are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Campeche

— 1 night
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.
On the 9th (Mon), go for a walk through Malecon de Campeche, then contemplate the long history of Puerta de Tierra, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zona Arquelogica Edzna.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Campeche visit planner.

You can drive from Merida to Campeche in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chetumal.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites

Chetumal

— 1 night
Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. You've added Mahahual Beach, Banco Chinchorro, Maya Chan Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 10th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben, get engrossed in the history at Fuerte San Felipe Bacalar, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Maya Chan Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Banco Chinchorro, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mahahual Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chetumal trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Campeche to Chetumal takes 5.5 hours. In September in Chetumal, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Chetumal

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino, Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, and other attractions you added. Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mexico City trip planner.

You can fly from Chetumal to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chetumal to Mexico City. When traveling from Chetumal in September, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Cuernavaca

— 2 nights
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Your day by day itinerary now includes Tepozteco, Parque Nacional Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, Cathedral of the Asencion (Catedral de la Asuncion), and other attractions you added. On the 17th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, explore the ancient world of Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tepozteco. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Asencion (Catedral de la Asuncion), take in nature's colorful creations at Garden Borda Cultural Center, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Cortes, and finally steep yourself in history at Robert Brady Museum.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cuernavaca trip planner.

Drive from Mexico City to Cuernavaca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Cuernavaca sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios, Tonantzintla, Popocatepetl, and other attractions you added. Step out of Puebla to go to San Pedro Cholula and see Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra, get lost in a book at Biblioteca Palafoxiana, see the interesting displays at Museo Amparo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario).

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puebla driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Cuernavaca to Puebla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cuernavaca in September since evenings lows in Puebla dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Veracruz.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Veracruz

— 2 nights
Veracruz, officially known as Heroica Veracruz, is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque Los Berros, Museo Naval Mexico and Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa. On the 22nd (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at Museo Naval Mexico, explore the historical opulence of San Juan de Ulua, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa, and finally stroll around Parque Los Berros. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Malecon and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario de Veracruz.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Veracruz journey builder.

You can fly from Puebla to Veracruz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Puebla in September: high temperatures in Veracruz hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Veracruz

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oaxaca

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oaxaca Textile Museum, Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, Zona Arqueologica de Mitla, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, browse the exhibits of Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Oaxaca trip maker.

Getting from Veracruz to Oaxaca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Veracruz in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Oaxaca, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly to Acapulco.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Acapulco

— 2 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.
You've added Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman, Plaza Alvarez, Isla La Roqueta, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Plaza Alvarez, then contemplate the waterfront views at Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman, and then admire the striking features of Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace). Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at La Quebrada, see the interesting displays at Fuerte De San Diego, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla La Roqueta.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Acapulco travel route planner.

Getting from Oaxaca to Acapulco by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Oaxaca in September, with highs in Acapulco at 38°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Morelia.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Morelia

— 2 nights
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. You've added Plaza Vasco de Quiroga, Santa Clara del Cobre, Isla Janitzio, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the striking features of House of Eleven Patios (Casa de los Once Patios), don't miss a visit to Plaza Vasco de Quiroga, then steep yourself in history at Santa Clara del Cobre, and finally head off the coast to Isla Janitzio. On the next day, ponder the design of Fuente de las Tarascas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de Guadalupe y Exconvento de San Diego, then make a trip to Acueducto de Morelia, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de las Rosas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Morelia trip planner.

You can drive from Acapulco to Morelia in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Acapulco in September: high temperatures in Morelia hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Queretaro City.

Things to do in Morelia

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Queretaro City

— 2 nights
With a World Heritage-listed town center, Queretaro offers plenty of colonial charm appealing to visitors looking to add a bit of history and culture to their vacation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes El Charco del Ingenio, Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of El Jardin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, and then walk around El Charco del Ingenio. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Peña de Bernal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and finally make a trip to El Acueducto De Queretaro.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queretaro City planner.

You can drive from Morelia to Queretaro City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Queretaro City can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Zacatecas.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Zacatecas

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mina El Eden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Zacatecas, then see the interesting displays at Museo Rafael Coronel, and finally get great views at Cerro de la Bufa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Zacatecas day trip website.

You can drive from Queretaro City to Zacatecas in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Queretaro City in October, expect Zacatecas to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Zacatecas

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Puerto Vallarta

— 1 night
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
You've added Zona Romantica, Los Arcos de Mismaloya, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico, and then take a leisurely stroll along Muelle de Playa Los Muertos. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Los Arcos de Mismaloya, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and finally admire the natural beauty at Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta route builder app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Zacatecas to Puerto Vallarta in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Zacatecas in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Puerto Vallarta: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bosque Los Colomos. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Bosque Los Colomos and then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo Sacramento, see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, see a show at Teatro Degollado, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalajara Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Guadalajara trip builder website.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in October, things will get little chillier in Guadalajara: highs are around 31°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly to Monterrey.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife

Monterrey

— 3 nights

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.
You've added Parque Ecoturistico Cola De Caballo, Museo de Historia Mexicana, Cerro de la Silla, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: stroll around Parque Ecologico Chipinque, get to know the fascinating history of Gran Plaza o Macroplaza, Head underground at Grutas de Garcia, and examine the collection at Museo del Acero Horno 3.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monterrey online trip maker.

You can fly from Guadalajara to Monterrey in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Monterrey

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Mazatlan

— 2 nights

Pacific Pearl

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Plaza Machado as well as Old Mazatlan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Mazatlan, don't miss a visit to Malecon de Mazatlan, and then step off the mainland to explore Stone Island (Isla de las Piedras). On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Mazatlan Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepcion, stop by Old Mazatlan, and then get to know the fascinating history of Plaza Machado.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mazatlan online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Monterrey to Mazatlan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Monterrey to Mazatlan is minus 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Mazatlan can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to La Paz.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

La Paz

— 3 nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Playa Los Cerritos, Marina Cortez, Playa El Tecolote (Tecolote Beach), and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): go for a stroll along the water at Marina Cortez, then enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Los Cerritos. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Malecon, then head outdoors with Playa El Tecolote (Tecolote Beach), and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Espiritu Santo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz tour site.

Fly from Mazatlan to La Paz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. October in La Paz sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Mexico travel guide

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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.