21 days in Mexico Itinerary

21 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Mexico City
— 5 nights
2
Palenque
— 3 nights
3
Guadalajara
— 5 nights
4
Cabo San Lucas
— 6 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City tour itinerary planning website.

Quito, Ecuador to Mexico City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Quito in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha, and stroll through Aluxes.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palenque trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Mexico City to Palenque by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Guadalajara: Guachimontones (in Teuchitlan) and Destileria La Rojena (in Tequila). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Gobierno, browse the exhibits of Del Corazon de la Tierra- Gallery, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Acuario Michin Guadalajara.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Guadalajara trip planner.

Getting from Palenque to Guadalajara by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Guadalajara can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guachimontones, Destileria La Rojena
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Palacio de Gobierno ©
Palacio de Gobierno

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.
Take a break from Cabo San Lucas with a short trip to Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Guadalajara to Cabo San Lucas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Guadalajara in May, expect nights in Cabo San Lucas to be a bit warmer, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. 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

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

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