21 days in Guadalajara, Mexico City & Cancun Itinerary

21 days in Guadalajara, Mexico City & Cancun Itinerary

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21 days in Guadalajara, Mexico City & Cancun Itinerary

Curitiba
Fly:  25​h
Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Mexico City
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Cancun
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
Curitiba

2
days
Guadalajara

Guadalajara ©
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.
You've added Mercado Libertad, Casa Sauza, Romantic Lake Chapala, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Mercado Libertad, stop by Nuestros Dulces, then don't miss a visit to Independencia Avenue, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Romantic Lake Chapala. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casa Sauza, relax and rejuvenate at Spa Termal Tlalocan, then stop by Diane Pearl Collecions, and finally view the masterpieces at Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour.

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Curitiba, Brazil to Guadalajara is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Curitiba to Guadalajara due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Curitiba in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Guadalajara, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Shopping Spas Museums

Side Trips

Tlaquepaque, Diane Pearl Collecions, Spa Termal Tlalocan, Casa Sauza
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Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Romantic Lake Chapala ©
Romantic Lake Chapala

8
days
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You've now added Basilica Lady of Guadalupe and Teotihuacan to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Frida Kahlo Museum. Do your shopping at Coyoacan and Polanco. Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to San Juan Teotihuacan (Pyramid of the Sun & Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, contemplate the long history of Chapultepec Castle, explore and take pictures at Alameda Central, and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Guadalajara to Mexico City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Guadalajara in May: highs in Mexico City hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

San Juan Teotihuacan, Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia
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6
days
Cancun

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Los Fundadores and La Playa Xpuha. La Isla Shopping Village and Captain Dulche's Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Playa del Carmen (5th Avenue (Avenida 5), Fernando Rodriguez, & more), Akumal (Akumal Beach & Galeria Lamanai) and Isla Mujeres (El Centro, Women's Beading Cooperative, & more). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in panoramic vistas at Torre Escenica, enjoy some diversion at Xoximilco Cancun, and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

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Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cancun takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in June, with highs in Cancun at 35°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Akumal, La Playa Xpuha, Xpu-ha Beach
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Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Spas & Wellness

1
day
Guadalajara

Guadalajara ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural El Refugio, get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural El Refugio, browse the different shops at C&A Galerías Guadalajara, browse the different shops at NNK Ópticas Gran Plaza Fashion Mall, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de Zapopan, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Gobierno.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Cancun to Guadalajara in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Guadalajara when traveling from Cancun in June, with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tlaquepaque, Zapopan
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Centro Cultural El Refugio ©
Centro Cultural El Refugio
Centro Cultural El Refugio ©
Centro Cultural El Refugio
Basilica de Zapopan ©
Basilica de Zapopan

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