28 days in Mexico Itinerary

28 days in Mexico Itinerary

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28 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  13​h
1
Mexico City
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Puebla
— 1 night
shuttle:  3​h 45​min
3
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
bus:  10​h 45​min
4
Puerto Escondido
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
5
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
6
Palenque
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Campeche
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Merida
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Cancun
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

4
nights
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 with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City sightseeing planning tool .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Mexico City is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, expect nights in Mexico City to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
Puebla

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra, admire the masterpieces at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, and then see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo).

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Puebla trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by bus from Mexico City to Puebla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Museums Historic Sites
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Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales ©
Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales

2
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.
On the 14th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and then don't miss a visit to Zocalo. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Ethnobotanical Garden and then make a trip to Hierve el Agua.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oaxaca trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Puebla to Oaxaca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Puebla in January, with highs in Oaxaca at 32°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua

3
nights
Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido ©
Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Explore Puerto Escondido's surroundings by going to Mazunte (Punta Cometa & Santuario La Escobilla). There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Bacocho, kick back and relax at Playa Zicatela, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puerto Escondido online travel planner .

You can fly from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, plan for much hotter nights in Puerto Escondido, with lows around 26°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mazunte
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Punta Cometa ©
Punta Cometa
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
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. On the 21st (Tue), examine the collection at Templo de Santo Domingo, take in the exciting artwork at Arteria Chiapas, and then take in breathtaking views at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): look for gifts at Artisan2you, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, and then don't miss a visit to Chiapa de Corzo.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Cristobal de las Casas day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Escondido to San Cristobal de las Casas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Cristobal de las Casas when traveling from Puerto Escondido in January, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Palenque.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chiapa de Corzo, Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
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Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Artisan2you ©
Artisan2you

1
day
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls.

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Getting from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Palenque

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

1
day
Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Puerta de Tierra and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arquelogica Edzna.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Campeche trip planner.

Getting from Palenque to Campeche by car takes about 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Campeche. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites
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Zona Arquelogica Edzna ©
Zona Arquelogica Edzna
Puerta de Tierra ©
Puerta de Tierra

2
nights
Merida

Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
On the 25th (Sat), stop by Taller Maya and then don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then delve into the distant past at Mayapan Mayan Ruins.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Merida tour planning website .

Traveling by car from Campeche to Merida takes 2.5 hours. January in Merida sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Merida

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
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Food Tours
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins

2
nights
Valladolid

Valladolid ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Ek Balam, make a trip to Chichen Itza, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, and then Head underground at Zazil Tunich.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Valladolid driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Merida to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in January, Valladolid is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Valladolid

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Ek Balam
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Zazil Tunich ©
Zazil Tunich
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, then explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site. On the next day, look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum and then get in on the family fun at Xcaret.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip planner .

Drive from Valladolid to Tulum in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Valladolid in January: high temperatures in Tulum hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

2
nights
Cozumel

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and finally make a trip to San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel online journey planner .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. January in Cozumel sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel ©
Discover Mexico Park Cozumel
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Plan trip to Cancun with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Cancun takes 3 hours. In February in Cancun, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

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