29 days in Mexico Itinerary

29 days in Mexico Itinerary

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29 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Palenque
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h
6
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Cozumel
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Guadalajara

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Step out of Puerto Vallarta to go to Cabo Corrientes and see Vallarta Botanical Gardens, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, and step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder site .

Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Guadalajara in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Puerto Vallarta: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands, Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

4
nights
Cabo San Lucas

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Diving and Plaza Mijares. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco, explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chileno Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas route planner .

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. November in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Cuadra San Francisco, Plaza Mijares
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Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Monte Alban, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. On the next day, make a trip to Zocalo and then don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Oaxaca in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in November since evenings lows in Oaxaca dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Explore hidden gems such as Palacio de Bellas Artes and Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. 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. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo, and gear up at Ride MB.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City road trip website .

You can fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Oaxaca in November: highs in Mexico City hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Cascadas de Misol-Ha. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo, and get to know the resident critters at Aluxes Palenque.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Palenque trip planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Palenque by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Delfines and Spas. Change things up with a short trip to Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Cancun takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Cancun due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Punta Sur
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Swim with Dolphins
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Shark Diving

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Gran Cenote. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village), Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Off-Road Tours) and Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, make a trip to Plastic Flamingo, browse the exhibits of MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tulum trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Ek Balam, Chichen Itza
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palancar Reef and The Amazing Cozumel Race. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Rosa Wall, go deep with a submarine tour, experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cozumel trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cozumel are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Theme Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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