21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Quito
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Palenque
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Guadalajara
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cabo San Lucas
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Quito

5
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City journey maker site .

Quito, Ecuador to Mexico City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Quito to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Quito in May, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
nights
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aluxes Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Palenque driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Mexico City to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Palenque

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

5
nights
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Guadalajara: Destileria La Rojena (in Tequila) and Guachimontones (in Teuchitlan). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, take in the exciting artwork at Del Corazon de la Tierra- Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Expiatory Temple, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Michin.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Guadalajara tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Palenque to Guadalajara by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Guachimontones, Destileria La Rojena
Find places to stay May 20 — 25:
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Acuario Michin Guadalajara ©
Acuario Michin Guadalajara

6
nights
Cabo San Lucas

One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Change things up with a short trip to Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and go for a stroll along the water at Medano Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas online road trip planner .

Getting from Guadalajara to Cabo San Lucas by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Guadalajara to Cabo San Lucas. When traveling from Guadalajara in May, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Cabo San Lucas: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cuadra San Francisco, Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
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Fishing Charters & Tours
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach

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