23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Mexico City
— 6 nights
shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Oaxaca
— 4 nights
shuttle:  8​h 45​min
3
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Cancun
— 3 nights
5
Tulum
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Mexico City
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Bilbao

6
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo Memoria y Tolerancia and Tepozteco. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, and wander the streets of Polanco.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City visit website .

Bilbao, Spain to Mexico City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. In October, daytime highs in Mexico City are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. You will leave for Oaxaca on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, Tepozteco
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo ©
Zocalo

4
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hierve el Agua as well as Mercado Tlacolula. Relax by the water at Playa La Bocana and Playa Del Amor. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica de la Soledad and Yagul. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Monte Alban, view the masterpieces at Voces de Copal, stop by Antiga by VM, and steep yourself in history at Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Mexico City to Oaxaca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Mexico City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tlacolula, Playa Del Amor, Playa La Bocana
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Yagul ©
Yagul

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. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Huitepec Ecological Reserve, then delve into the distant past at Reserva Moxviquil, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Guadalupe Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Steps in San Cristobal.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in October, San Cristobal de las Casas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. You will leave for Cancun on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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The Guadalupe Church ©
The Guadalupe Church
Huitepec Ecological Reserve ©
Huitepec Ecological Reserve
Steps in San Cristobal ©
Steps in San Cristobal

3
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.
Relax by the water at Xcacel Beach and Playa Marlin. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Zona Arqueológica El Meco. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Puerto Morelos (National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos & Shark Diving). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cancun online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from San Cristobal de las Casas to Cancun by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tulum Archaeological Site and Balam Art On Feathers. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and Multum Ha Cenote. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Ecopark Kantun Chi (in Puerto Aventuras) and 3D Museum of Wonders (in Playa del Carmen). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Car Wash, kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Zacil-Ha.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tulum journey planner .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Coba, Cenote Santa Cruz, 3D Museum of Wonders, Ecopark Kantun Chi
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LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Ecopark Kantun Chi ©
Ecopark Kantun Chi

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Mexico, then explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and finally deepen your understanding at Ciudad Universitaria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Bosque de Chapultepec, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Popular, then delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally examine the collection at Monumento y Museo de la Revolucion.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip planner.

Getting from Tulum to Mexico City by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tulum to Mexico City. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tulum in October: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe ©
Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor

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