12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

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12 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
bus + Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Mexico City
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Puerto Escondido
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
3
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Villahermosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Palenque
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Campeche
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
7
Merida
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo


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2
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), then see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Coyoacan. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center (Centro Historico), delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mexico City vacation builder .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Mexico City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Mexico City. While traveling from Sao Paulo, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

1
night
Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido ©
Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Puerto Angelito Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Zicatela, and then look for gifts at Central Surf Shop.

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Getting from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Puerto Escondido, with highs around 34°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Zicatela ©
Playa Zicatela
Puerto Angelito Beach ©
Puerto Angelito Beach

1
day
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
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 26th (Wed): look for gifts at Bazarte - Vistiendo Arte Con História, see the interesting displays at Museo del Ambar, and then ride a horse along El Rancho Evergreen Guest Ranch.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Puerto Escondido to San Cristobal de las Casas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Puerto Escondido in December since evenings lows in San Cristobal de las Casas dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Villahermosa.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Tours Outdoors Trails
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Museo del Ambar ©
Museo del Ambar
Bazarte - Vistiendo Arte Con História ©

1
night
Villahermosa

Villahermosa ©
Villahermosa is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Tabasco, and the municipal seat of the Centro municipality. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional de Antropologia Carlos Pellicer Camara, examine the collection at Museo de Historia de Tabasco (Casa de los Azulejos), then learn more about the world around you at Parque Museo La Venta, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Museo de Historia Natural.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Villahermosa tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from San Cristobal de las Casas to Villahermosa takes 5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Villahermosa

Museums Parks
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Parque Museo La Venta ©
Parque Museo La Venta
Museo de Historia Natural ©
Museo de Historia Natural

1
night
Palenque

Palenque
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): meet the residents at Aluxes Ecoparque, don't miss a visit to Palenque ruinas, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Palenque trip planner .

Traveling by car from Villahermosa to Palenque takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

1
day
Campeche

Campeche ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Balamku and then delve into the distant past at Edzna.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Campeche trip maker website .

You can drive from Palenque to Campeche in 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Campeche. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites
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Balamku ©
Balamku

1
night
Merida

Merida ©
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.
On the 30th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Palacio del Gobernador (Governor's Palace), stop by El Estudio!, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Posheria Merida, then explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, then explore the ancient world of Mayapan Mayan Ruins, and finally delve into the distant past at Kabah.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Merida driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Campeche to Merida takes 2.5 hours. December in Merida sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Kabah
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Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins
Kabah ©
Kabah
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

2
nights
Cancun

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and then hunt for treasures at Mercado 28. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tortugas, and then admire all the interesting features of Plaza de Toros Cancun.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cancun online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Merida to Cancun in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Merida in December: highs in Cancun hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas

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