8 days in North America Itinerary

8 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico holiday planner

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Fly
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Cozumel
— 1 night
+2
Ferry to Playa del Carmen, Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 1 night
+2
Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Tampico, Taxi to Ciudad Valles
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Ciudad Valles
— 1 night
Drive
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San Miguel de Allende
Drive
5
Guadalajara
Drive
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Tequila
— 1 night
+2
Drive to Don Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla International Airport, Fly to General Roberto Fierro Villalobos International Airport, Drive to Creel
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Creel
— 1 night
+2
Drive to General Roberto Fierro Villalobos International Airport, Fly to Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Drive to San Juan Teotihuacan
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San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
Drive
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Puebla
Drive
10
Taxco
Drive
11
Toluca
Drive
12
Mexico City
— 1 night
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Cozumel

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip planning tool.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Cozumel is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Cozumel is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Palenque

— 1 night
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
On the 28th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Palenque trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Cozumel to Palenque in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Palenque due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ciudad Valles.

Things to do in Palenque

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Ciudad Valles

— 1 night
Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ciudad Valles day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Palenque to Ciudad Valles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. On the 29th (Tue), you're off to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Ciudad Valles

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
On the 29th (Tue), don't miss a visit to El Jardin and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to San Miguel de Allende fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Ciudad Valles to San Miguel de Allende in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in San Miguel de Allende sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Guadalajara.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Historic Sites

Guadalajara

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.
To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Guadalajara travel planner.

Getting from San Miguel de Allende to Guadalajara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 29th (Tue), you're off to Tequila.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Tours · Nightlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Tequila

— 1 night
Santiago de Tequila is a town and municipality located in the state of Jalisco about 60 km from the city of Guadalajara. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Santiago Apostol and then stop by La Damajuana Galeria.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tequila trip app.

Getting from Guadalajara to Tequila by car takes about 1.5 hours. December in Tequila sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Creel.

Things to do in Tequila

Shopping · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Creel

— 1 night
Creel is a town in the Sierra Tarahumara of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. On the 31st (Thu), explore the world behind art at Museo Casa de Las Artesanias and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of the Monks.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Creel road trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Tequila to Creel with the Route module. Traveling from Tequila to Creel, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Creel

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

San Juan Teotihuacan

— 1 night
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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan Teotihuacan online travel route builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Creel to San Juan Teotihuacan. Traveling from Creel to San Juan Teotihuacan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Puebla.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Puebla

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.
To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Puebla holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan Teotihuacan to Puebla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Puebla are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 1st (Fri), you're off to Taxco.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Taxco

Taxco de Alarcón is a small city and administrative center of a Taxco de Alarcón Municipality located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de Las Lagrimas o Casa Figueroa and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Prisca de Taxco.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Taxco attractions planner.

You can drive from Puebla to Taxco in 3 hours. In January, Taxco is a bit warmer than Puebla - with highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Toluca.

Things to do in Taxco

Historic Sites · Museums

Toluca

Toluca, officially called Toluca de Lerdo, is the state capital of State of Mexico as well as the seat of the Municipality of Toluca. For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Toluca vacation website.

You can drive from Taxco to Toluca in 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Taxco in January: highs in Toluca hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 0°C. You will leave for Mexico City on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Toluca

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Mexico City

— 1 night

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City tour builder website.

You can drive from Toluca to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mexico City when traveling from Toluca in January, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites

Yucatan Peninsula travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline
A trip to Yucatan Peninsula takes visitors to the southeastern section of Mexico, an area that housed the legendary Maya civilization before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. Much of the region's population traces its origins back to this old culture, and in many of the smaller settlements residents continue to speak the Maya language in addition to Spanish. Yucatan Peninsula tourism thrives largely thanks to the popularity of Cancun, a modern resort town on the so-called "Mayan Riviera." Away from the white-sand coastline, this part of Mexico treats visitors to some of the finest examples of Mayan pyramids and temples, offering a glimpse into the continent's pre-Hispanic history.

Chiapas travel guide

4.4
Waterfalls · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Mexico's southernmost state, Chiapas encompasses a relatively compact area that packs quite a punch when it comes to natural attractions. Chiapas tours lead visitors through a mountainous area dotted with pristine lakes, national parks, and friendly pueblos largely unspoiled by mass tourism. The city of San Cristobal acts as a natural base for many Chiapas holidays, featuring everything from centuries-old churches to trendy bars. Day-trip ideas from this lively urban center include tours of nearby Mayan ruins and visits to one of Mexico's remotest biosphere reserves. At the far south of the state, you'll likely have one of the last stretches of the country's relatively undeveloped coastline all to yourself.

San Luis Potosi travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Waterfalls · Gardens
Home to ancient cultures that inhabited modern-day Mexico long before the arrival of colonialists, the northern Mexican state of San Luis Potosi celebrates its rich history. Founded on the back of a gold rush in 1592, the state, and its capital city of the same name, enjoyed prosperity, which can still be seen in the striking colonial architecture on a San Luis Potosi itinerary. Situated between three of Mexico's biggest cities, the state holds an important place as one of the country's key trading routes. Most of the state sits on the Mexican plateau, with a tropial valley around the Tampaon River in the east.

Guanajuato travel guide

4.3
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

4.2
Bodies of Water · Canyons · Waterfalls