26 days in Mexico & Havana Itinerary

26 days in Mexico & Havana Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Puebla, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Taxco, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Morelia, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Guadalajara, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
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Valladolid, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
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Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Arto Otra. Get some historical perspective at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and National Palace (Palacio Nacional). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mexico City road trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Mexico City is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Mexico City. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Puebla, Mexico

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Appreciate the collections at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) and Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales. Get some cultural insight at Tonantzintla and Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario). Go for a jaunt from Puebla to San Pedro Cholula to see Zona Arqueológica de Cholula about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), take a stroll through Zocalo, examine the collection at Casa de la Musica de Viena en Puebla, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puebla trip builder website.

You can take a bus from Mexico City to Puebla in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. In November in Puebla, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Taxco.

Things to do in Puebla

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:

Taxco, Mexico

— 2 nights
Taxco de Alarcón is a small city and administrative center of a Taxco de Alarcón Municipality located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. On the 10th (Sun), make a trip to Zocalo, examine the collection at Casa Humboldt, examine the collection at Museo Casa de Las Lagrimas o Casa Figueroa, then stop by Mercado Central, then see the interesting displays at Silver Museum (Museo de la Plateria), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Prisca de Taxco.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Taxco trip planner.

Getting from Puebla to Taxco by car takes about 3 hours. In November, Taxco is somewhat warmer than Puebla - with highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Morelia.

Things to do in Taxco

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

Morelia, Mexico

— 2 nights
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guadalupe Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Alfredo Zalce (mAcAZ), then see the interesting displays at Museo Del Dulce, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Morelia, and finally wander the streets of Centro Historico de Morelia. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Centro Cultural Clavijero, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de las Rosas, then don't miss a visit to The Aqueduct, and finally make a trip to Museo Michoacano de las Artesanias en Exconvento de San Francisco.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Morelia trip planner.

You can drive from Taxco to Morelia in 5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Morelia when traveling from Taxco in November, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Morelia

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:

Guadalajara, Mexico

— 4 nights

Pearl of the West

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Pantaleon Panduro and Palacio de Gobierno. You'll explore and learn at Instituto Cultural Cabanas and MUSA Museo de las Artes Universidad de Guadalajara. Explore Guadalajara's surroundings by going to Chapala Malecon (in Chapala) and Guachimontones (in Teuchitlan). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Expiatory Temple, listen to music at Teatro Degollado, see the interesting displays at Museum of Sacred Art, and take in the exciting artwork at Del Corazon de la Tierra- Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Guadalajara travel route builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Morelia to Guadalajara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:

Cancun, Mexico

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, then examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun road trip app.

Fly from Guadalajara to Cancun in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Guadalajara to Cancun. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Guadalajara in November, with highs in Cancun at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:

Valladolid, Mexico

— 2 nights

Sultana of the East

One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
On the 19th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Casa de los Venados, see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Zaci, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Servasio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Candelaria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Samula, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of San Bernardino of Siena.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Valladolid trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Cancun to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Cancun in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Valladolid, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:

Cancun, Mexico

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, take in the exciting artwork at Antaras Onix, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Automovil Antiguo del Sureste.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cancun online vacation planner.

You can take a shuttle from Valladolid to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cancun when traveling from Valladolid in November, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

Havana, Cuba

— 4 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Malecón of Havana and Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Havana and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, admire the striking features of Havana Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Havana trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to Havana takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Cancun in November, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Havana. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.