18 days in Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Mexico Itinerary

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18 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  27​h
1
Oaxaca
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Tuxtla Gutierrez
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Merida
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tulum
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Holbox Island
— 3 nights
Travel:  3​h 45​min
7
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Auckland

1
night
Oaxaca

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): browse the exhibits of Monte Alban and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca road trip site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Oaxaca is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 18 hours. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for much hotter days in Oaxaca, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban

1
night
Tuxtla Gutierrez

Tuxtla Gutierrez
Tuxtla Gutiérrez is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican southeast state of Chiapas. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): stroll around Parque de la Marimba, see the interesting displays at Museo del Cafe de Chiapas, then explore the stunning scenery at Canon del Sumidero, and finally don't miss a visit to Chiapa de Corzo.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tuxtla Gutierrez trip maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oaxaca to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tuxtla Gutierrez when traveling from Oaxaca in October, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Tuxtla Gutierrez

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
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Parque de la Marimba ©
Parque de la Marimba
Chiapa de Corzo ©
Chiapa de Corzo

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Museo del Ambar, make a trip to Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, look for gifts at Taller y Joyeria Lagrimas de la Selva, then see the interesting displays at Templo de Santo Domingo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo del Carmen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Corazon de Jade, Museo Jardin, then see the interesting displays at Steps in San Cristobal, and then ride a horse along El Rancho Evergreen Guest Ranch.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Cristobal de las Casas trip builder site .

You can drive from Tuxtla Gutierrez to San Cristobal de las Casas in an hour. October in San Cristobal de las Casas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Outdoors Trails
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Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Templo del Carmen ©
Templo del Carmen
Museo del Ambar ©
Museo del Ambar

3
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Merida to Uxmal to see Uxmal about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, and admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Merida route builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Cristobal de las Casas to Merida in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas to Merida. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Uxmal
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins

3
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park, Art Gallery Casa Tzutuhil, & more). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum, and explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tulum online route planner .

Getting from Merida to Tulum by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Merida in October, you will find days in Tulum are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Holbox Island

Holbox Island ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Holbox Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Yalahau Lagoon, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio Holbox.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Holbox Island sightseeing planner .

Explore your travel options from Tulum to Holbox Island with the Route module. In October in Holbox Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, don't miss a visit to Av Kukulkan, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and stroll through Playa Delfines.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cancun tour itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Holbox Island to Cancun with the Route module. October in Cancun sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

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