5 days in Jalisco Itinerary

5 days in Jalisco Itinerary

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5 days in Jalisco Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
Fly:  7 h
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
— 1 night
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
End: Playa del Carmen

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): shop like a local with Galleria Dante and then pick up some local products at Old Town Farmers Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Rancho el Verano, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa las Gemelas, then look for gifts at Lucy's CuCu Cabana, and finally get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta tour planning tool .

Playa del Carmen to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Mascota.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Majahuitas Beach, Playa Quimixto
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Playa Quimixto ©
Playa Quimixto
Majahuitas Beach ©
Majahuitas Beach
Galleria Dante ©
Galleria Dante


Mascota ©
Mascota is a town and municipality in Jalisco, in central-western Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to Plaza Principal, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, then see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico, then make a trip to Casa de las piedras, and finally contemplate the long history of La Preciosa Sangre.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mascota day trip app .

Traveling by car from Puerto Vallarta to Mascota takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tapalpa.

Things to do in Mascota

Historic Sites Museums
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La Preciosa Sangre ©
La Preciosa Sangre
Casa de las piedras ©
Casa de las piedras
Museo Arqueologico ©
Museo Arqueologico


Tapalpa ©
Tapalpa is a town and municipality, in Jalisco state of central-western Mexico.HistoryThe word "Tapalpa" comes from the Nahuatl word "tlapalpan" meaning "land of colors."The region was inhabited by the Otomi prior to the arrival of the Spanish.In 1523, the Spanish, led by Alonso de Ávalos Saavedra, reached the region. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Nogal and then admire the verdant scenery at Las Piedrotas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tapalpa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mascota to Tapalpa takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tapalpa

Parks Nature
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Las Piedrotas ©
Las Piedrotas
Salto del Nogal ©
Salto del Nogal