12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 2 nights
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Puerto Escondido
— 1 night
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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 1 day
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Villahermosa
— 1 night
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Palenque
— 1 night
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Campeche
— 1 day
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Merida
— 1 night
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Cancun
— 2 nights
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Mexico City

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 23rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, and finally wander the streets of Coyoacan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Historic Center (Centro Historico), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Mexico City is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Mexico City, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, you will find days in Mexico City are little chillier (26°C), and nights are much colder (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
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

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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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Zicatela, and then look for gifts at Central Surf Shop.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Puerto Escondido journey planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Puerto Escondido, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stop by Bazarte - Vistiendo Arte Con História, see the interesting displays at Museo del Ambar, and then stroll through El Rancho Evergreen Guest Ranch.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Puerto Escondido to San Cristobal de las Casas by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Cristobal de las Casas when traveling from Puerto Escondido in December, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Villahermosa.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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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, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia de Tabasco (Casa de los Azulejos), then get a new perspective on nature at Parque Museo La Venta, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Museo de Historia Natural.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Villahermosa online trip builder.

You can drive from San Cristobal de las Casas to Villahermosa in 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Villahermosa are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Palenque.

Things to do in Villahermosa

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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Palenque

Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 28th (Fri), stroll through Aluxes, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Palenque travel route planner.

Getting from Villahermosa to Palenque by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. 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 · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

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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): explore the ancient world of Balamku Archaeological Zone.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Campeche itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Palenque to Campeche takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Campeche due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, stop by El Estudio!, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Posheria Merida, then delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, then explore the ancient world of Mayapan Archaeological Zone, and finally explore the ancient world of Kabah.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Merida trip builder.

Drive from Campeche to Merida in 2.5 hours. In December in Merida, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28. On your second day here, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Tortugas, and then catch a live event at Plaza de Toros Cancun.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cancun trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Merida to Cancun takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Merida in December, expect nights in Cancun to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
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.

Oaxaca travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Ruins · Bodies of Water
Despite its favorable coastal location on the Pacific, Oaxaca remains one of Mexico's least-developed states, visited mostly by die-hard fans of traditional cuisine and Mexico's native artistic traditions. Warm year-round weather ensures a pleasant Oaxaca holiday no matter when you visit, with the area's varied landscapes providing plenty of chances for outdoor activities. Dense forests burst with abundant plant and animal life, while rugged mountains hide a slew of sleepy indigenous communities untouched by modern developments and commercial tourism. Allowing visitors to discover the less-traveled side of Mexico, comprehensive tours of Oaxaca often include visits to secluded beaches and history-soaked sites from the pre-Hispanic period.