29 days in Mexico Itinerary

29 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Merida
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Izamal
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
4
Uxmal
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Campeche
— 1 day
Drive:  5 h
6
Tulum
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Oaxaca
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5 h
8
Tepoztlan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Taxco
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
10
Zihuatanejo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
11
Patzcuaro
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
12
Morelia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
13
Leon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
14
Guanajuato
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
15
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
16
La Paz
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
17
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  8 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Zocalo. Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, appreciate the history behind Estatua Ecuestre de Carlos IV, explore the world behind art at Museo Mural Diego Rivera, and examine the collection at Museo Memoria y Tolerancia.

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Washington DC, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in December, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

San Juan Teotihuacan
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
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 26th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Popular, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Jesus, and then kick back and relax at Celestun.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Merida trip planner.

Fly from Mexico City to Merida in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Merida to be warmer, around 69°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Izamal.

Things to do in Merida

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de Arte Popular ©
Museo de Arte Popular
Iglesia de Jesus ©
Iglesia de Jesus

1
day
Izamal

Izamal ©
Izamal is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 72 km (about 40 miles) east of state capital Mérida, in southern Mexico.Izamal was continuously occupied throughout most of Mesoamerican chronology; in 2000, the city's estimated population was 15,000 people. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo, then delve into the distant past at Izamal Ruins, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Antonio de Padua, and finally explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Izamal holiday maker site.

Getting from Merida to Izamal by car takes about an hour. In December in Izamal, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Uxmal.

Things to do in Izamal

Historic Sites Museums
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Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua
Izamal  Ruins ©
Izamal Ruins
Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo ©
Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo

1
night
Uxmal

Uxmal
To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uxmal route planner.

Getting from Izamal to Uxmal by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Uxmal are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. On the 29th (Sun), you're off to Campeche.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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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 29th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Bonita, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de San Jose el Alto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Amurallada, then take an in-depth tour of Baluarte de San Carlos/Museo de la Ciudad, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Roman.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Campeche travel route builder app.

You can drive from Uxmal to Campeche in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Campeche are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Campeche

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Baluarte de San Carlos/Museo de la Ciudad
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Museo Historico de San Jose el Alto ©
Museo Historico de San Jose el Alto
Iglesia de San Roman ©
Iglesia de San Roman
Baluarte de San Carlos/Museo de la Ciudad ©
Baluarte de San Carlos/Museo de la Ciudad

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.
On the 30th (Mon), Head underground at Cenote Santa Cruz, then kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Cenote Car Wash and then tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Campeche to Tulum takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Campeche, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cenote Santa Cruz
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park

1
night
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 1st (Wed), examine the collection at Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C., contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then contemplate the long history of Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina, and finally contemplate the long history of Monte Alban.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca online holiday planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Tulum to Oaxaca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oaxaca when traveling from Tulum in December, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tepoztlan.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C. ©
Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C.

1
night
Tepoztlan

Tepoztlan ©
Tepoztlán is a town in the Mexican state of Morelos. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Tepozteco.

Make your Tepoztlan itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oaxaca to Tepoztlan. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tepoztlan, with lows around 55°F. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Taxco.

Things to do in Tepoztlan

Parks Nature
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Tepozteco ©
Tepozteco

1
night
Taxco

Taxco ©
Taxco de Alarcón is a small city and administrative center of a Taxco de Alarcón Municipality located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Prisca de Taxco and then see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de Las Lagrimas o Casa Figueroa.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Taxco trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Tepoztlan to Taxco in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in January, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zihuatanejo.

Things to do in Taxco

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Casa de Las Lagrimas o Casa Figueroa ©
Museo Casa de Las Lagrimas o Casa Figueroa
Santa Prisca de Taxco ©
Santa Prisca de Taxco
Casa Humboldt ©
Casa Humboldt

2
nights
Zihuatanejo

Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Santa Maria de Guadalupe and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Vista Hermosa.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Zihuatanejo trip planning tool.

Drive from Taxco to Zihuatanejo in 8.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Taxco in January; daily highs in Zihuatanejo reach 86°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Patzcuaro.

Things to do in Zihuatanejo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Vista Hermosa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

1
night
Patzcuaro

Patzcuaro ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Zone, contemplate the geological forces at The Stirrup Volcano (Volcan del Estribo Grande), then contemplate the long history of Santa Clara del Cobre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de la Compania de Jesus.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Patzcuaro day trip site.

Traveling by car from Zihuatanejo to Patzcuaro takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Morelia.

Things to do in Patzcuaro

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Zone
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Templo de la Compania de Jesus ©
Templo de la Compania de Jesus
Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Zone ©
Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Zone
Santa Clara del Cobre ©
Santa Clara del Cobre

1
night
Morelia

Morelia ©
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Morelia, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Morelia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guadalupe Sanctuary, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santa Rosa de Lima.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Morelia trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Patzcuaro to Morelia takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Leon.

Things to do in Morelia

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Centro Historico de Morelia ©
Centro Historico de Morelia
Guadalupe Sanctuary ©
Guadalupe Sanctuary
Catedral de Morelia ©
Catedral de Morelia

1
night
Leon

Leon ©
León is the most populous city and municipality in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. On the 8th (Wed), get outside with Parque Metropolitano de Leon and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Leon trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Morelia to Leon takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in January, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Guanajuato.

Things to do in Leon

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Parque Metropolitano de Leon ©
Parque Metropolitano de Leon
Templo expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©

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night
Guanajuato

Guanajuato ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Guanajuato spills over hilly terrain in central Mexico, luring visitors with its pleasant tree-shaded plazas and friendly sidewalk cafes.
For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Guanajuato trip builder website.

You can drive from Leon to Guanajuato in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Guanajuato

Museums Historic Sites
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Casa Museo Gene Byron ©
Casa Museo Gene Byron
Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato ©
Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato
Iglesia de San Diego ©
Iglesia de San Diego

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Swim with Dolphins and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Vallarta and Isla Cuale. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Pages in the Sun, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta journey planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Guanajuato to Puerto Vallarta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Guanajuato in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Vallarta: highs are around 80°F and lows about 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Swim with Dolphins
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Swim with Dolphins

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nights
La Paz

La Paz ©
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Caktu Souvenirs, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Balandra Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ensenada Grande. On your second day here, stroll through El Serpentario De La Paz and then view the masterpieces at Diaz Castro Galeria.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Paz trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to La Paz takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to La Paz is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in La Paz when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Balandra Beach
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El Serpentario De La Paz ©
El Serpentario De La Paz
Diaz Castro Galeria ©
Diaz Castro Galeria
Caktu Souvenirs ©
Caktu Souvenirs

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and Mt. Solmar. Get outdoors at Playa Los Cerritos and Divorce beach. Step out of Cabo San Lucas to go to Todos Santos and see Tortugueros Las Playitas, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Santa Maria Beach and look for gifts at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas trip planning app.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cabo San Lucas when traveling from La Paz in January, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Todos Santos
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Shark Diving
Playa Los Cerritos ©
Playa Los Cerritos
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach

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