60 days in Mexico & Peru Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Peru Itinerary

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Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  6 h
1
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 7 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Puebla, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Oaxaca, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Palenque, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Xpujil Town, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
9
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Tulum, Mexico
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h 30 min
11
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h 15 min
12
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
13
Cusco, Peru
— 7 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Denver, United States


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5
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Zona Romantica and Sergio Bustamante are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Galeria Olinala and Galeria Colectika. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Vallarta: Museo Casa Tequilera (in Bucerias) and Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, get to know the fascinating history of Old Vallarta, explore the galleries of Galleria Dante, and view the masterpieces at OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary website.

Denver, USA to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Denver to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, Puerto Vallarta is much warmer than Denver - with highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo Casa Tequilera, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

6
nights
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo La Esquina and Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato. Get some cultural insight at Alhondiga de Granaditas and Don Quixote Iconographic Museum (Museo Iconografico del Quijote). Get out of town with these interesting San Miguel de Allende side-trips: Guanajuato (Taller Elpinchegrabador, Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera, &more), Queretaro City (Galeria Libertad, Museo de Arte Sacro, &more) and Santuario de Jesus Nazareno (in Atotonilco). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, browse the exhibits of Galeria Casa Diana, view the masterpieces at Galeria Nepantla, and get lost in a book at Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel de Allende.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in April, plan for little chillier nights in San Miguel de Allende, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guanajuato, Queretaro City, Santuario de Jesus Nazareno
Highlights from your plan
Museo La Esquina ©
Museo La Esquina
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

5
nights
San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Manuel Gamio Centro de Estudios Teotihuacanos and Museo de Medicina Laboral Nicolas Zavala. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5. Get out of town with these interesting San Juan Teotihuacan side-trips: Templo y ex convento de San Nicolas Tolentino (in Actopan), Mineral del Monte (Panteon Ingles & Museo de Sitio Mina la Dificultad) and Tochatlaco (in Zempoala). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Teotihuacan Pyramids, don't miss a visit to Convento Agustino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and steep yourself in history at Tula Toltec Archaeological Ruins.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan Teotihuacan trip planner.

Getting from San Miguel de Allende to San Juan Teotihuacan by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mineral del Monte, Ex Convent of Acolman, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Templo y ex convento de San Nicolas Tolentino, Tula Toltec Archaeological Ruins
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Tochatlaco ©
Tochatlaco
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception ©
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

7
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan. There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and see the interesting displays at Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mexico City day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in April, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

5
nights
Puebla, Mexico

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tonantzintla and Zona Arqueológica de Cholula. Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) and Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Puebla: Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala (in Tlaxcala), Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcion (in Chipilo) and Parroquia de San Andres Cholula (in San Pedro Cholula). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Templo San Francisco Acatepec, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), contemplate the geological forces at Popocatepetl, and admire the striking features of Ex-Convento Franciscano de la Asuncion de Nuestra Senora.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Puebla trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Puebla by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Puebla when traveling from Mexico City in April, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

San Pedro Cholula, Popocatepetl, Ex-Convento Franciscano de la Asuncion de Nuestra Senora, Exconvento de Calpan, Chalcatzingo
Highlights from your plan
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario)
Tonantzintla ©
Tonantzintla
Templo San Francisco Acatepec ©
Templo San Francisco Acatepec

5
nights
Oaxaca, Mexico

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Monte Alban. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo. Explore Oaxaca's surroundings by going to Capilla Del Senor De Tlacolula (in Tlacolula), Santa Ana Zegache Church (in Santa Ana Zegache) and Mitla (in San Pablo Villa de Mitla). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Soledad, admire the masterpieces at Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art, take in the exciting artwork at Voces de Copal, and hike along Coyote Aventuras.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Oaxaca road trip site.

Traveling by car from Puebla to Oaxaca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, Oaxaca is a bit warmer than Puebla - with highs of 92°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo, Capilla Del Senor De Tlacolula, Santa Ana Zegache Church, Mitla
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

3
nights
Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Get some historical perspective at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Iglesia Santo Domingo. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, and stroll through Aluxes.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Palenque route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Palenque takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Xpujil Town.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

2
nights
Xpujil Town, Mexico

Xpujil Town ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec, explore the ancient world of Xpuhil, and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Chicana Mayan Ruins and then stroll through Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Xpujil Town road trip planning app.

You can drive from Palenque to Xpujil Town in 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Palenque to Xpujil Town is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Xpujil Town

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Calakmul, Chicana Mayan Ruins, Xpuhil
Highlights from your plan
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil ©
Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil
Xpuhil ©
Xpuhil
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul ©
Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul

1
night
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 10th (Sun), delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, then steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, then explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Xpujil Town to Chichen Itza by car takes about 5.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

6
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Tulum Archaeological Site and Ek Balam will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Tierra Huichol & Xcaret), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Cozumel) and Zazil Tunich (in Valladolid). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Las Pinturas, stroll through Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Sfer IK, and don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum day trip site.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in May, expect Tulum to be slightly colder, temps between 85°F and 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Ek Balam, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Zazil Tunich
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

4
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru and Museo Larco. When in Lima, make a side trip to see Iglesia de Santiago Apostol in Lunahuana, approximately Lunahuana away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Nacion, explore the galleries of La Kasa Roja, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Marina Nunez Del Prado.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Tulum to Lima in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. Traveling from Tulum in May, things will get slightly colder in Lima: highs are around 73°F and lows about 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Iglesia de Santiago Apostol
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 22nd (Fri), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Lima to Machu Picchu in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

7
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Plaza de Armas. Let the collections at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, steep yourself in history at Tipon, admire the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and make a trip to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco tour website.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Cusco are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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