29 days in Mexico Itinerary

29 days in Mexico Itinerary

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29 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
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
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo de Arte Popular will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Palacio de Bellas Artes. When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, make a trip to Alameda Central, explore the world behind art at Museo Mural Diego Rivera, and pause for some photo ops at Estatua Ecuestre de Carlos IV.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City visit planner.

Washington DC, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Washington DC, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Merida.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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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, examine the collection at Casa Museo Montes Molina, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Jesus, and then kick back and relax at Celestun.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Merida online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Merida takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Merida: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Izamal.

Things to do in Merida

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Celestun ©
Celestun
Museo de Arte Popular ©
Museo de Arte Popular

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): don't miss a visit to Piramide de Kinich Kak Moo, delve into the distant past at Izamal Ruins, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Antonio de Padua, then admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de San Antonio de Padua.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Izamal sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Merida to Izamal in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Izamal are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough 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
For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Uxmal online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Izamal to Uxmal by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Uxmal can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. On the 29th (Sun), you're off toCampeche.

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), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, examine the collection at Museo Historico de San Jose el Alto, get to know the fascinating history of Ciudad Amurallada, then get engrossed in the history at Baluarte de San Carlos/Museo de la Ciudad, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Roman.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Campeche journey planner.

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) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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 30th (Mon): Head underground at Cenote Santa Cruz, then kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Cenote Car Wash and then look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tulum trip itinerary website .

Getting from Campeche to Tulum by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Campeche in December, plan for slightly colder days in Tulum, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough 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
Cenote Car Wash ©
Cenote Car Wash

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C., contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then steep yourself in history at Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina, and finally explore the ancient world of Monte Alban.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Oaxaca tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tulum to Oaxaca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tulum in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Oaxaca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Tepoztlan.

Things to do in Oaxaca

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

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night
Tepoztlan

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

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tepoztlan itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Oaxaca to Tepoztlan with the Route module. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 55°F in Tepoztlan. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taxco.

Things to do in Tepoztlan

Parks Nature
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Tepozteco ©
Tepozteco

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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): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Prisca de Taxco and then examine the collection at Museo Casa de Las Lagrimas o Casa Figueroa.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Taxco route maker tool .

Drive from Tepoztlan to Taxco in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zihuatanejo.

Things to do in Taxco

Museums Historic Sites
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Santa Prisca de Taxco ©
Santa Prisca de Taxco
Casa Humboldt ©
Casa Humboldt

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Zihuatanejo

Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
On the 4th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax 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 stroll through Playa Vista Hermosa.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zihuatanejo day trip website .

Traveling by car from Taxco to Zihuatanejo takes 6 hours. Expect somewhat 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) so you can 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 ©
Pátzcuaro is a large town and municipality located in the state of Michoacán. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Zone, get impressive views of The Stirrup Volcano (Volcan del Estribo Grande), then steep yourself in history at Santa Clara del Cobre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de la Compania de Jesus.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Patzcuaro online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Zihuatanejo to Patzcuaro by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough 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

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Morelia

Morelia ©
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. On the 7th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Morelia, contemplate the long history of Centro Historico de Morelia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Guadalupe Sanctuary, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santa Rosa de Lima.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Morelia trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Patzcuaro to Morelia takes an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Morelia can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish 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

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Leon

Leon ©
León is the most populous city and municipality in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. On the 8th (Wed), head outdoors with Parque Metropolitano de Leon and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Leon trip planner.

Drive from Morelia to Leon in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Guanajuato.

Things to do in Leon

Outdoors Historic Sites
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1
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 maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Guanajuato attractions planner .

Drive from Leon to Guanajuato in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Guanajuato are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough 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 ©
Iglesia de San Diego ©
Iglesia de San Diego

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Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Swim with Dolphins. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Isla Cuale. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Pages in the Sun, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta road trip planning website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Guanajuato to Puerto Vallarta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Guanajuato in January, expect Puerto Vallarta to be a bit warmer, temps between 80°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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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): get a taste of the local shopping with Caktu Souvenirs, then enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ensenada Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at El Serpentario De La Paz, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then view the masterpieces at Diaz Castro Galeria.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Paz trip builder website .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to La Paz in 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. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in La Paz, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Balandra Beach
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
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Swim with Dolphins
El Serpentario De La Paz ©
El Serpentario De La Paz
Caktu Souvenirs ©
Caktu Souvenirs

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Santa Maria Beach and Bay of Cabo San Lucas. Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Diving and Playa Los Cerritos. Take a break from Cabo San Lucas with a short trip to Tortugueros Las Playitas in Todos Santos, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Solmar, kick back and relax at Divorce beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip app .

Traveling by car from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cabo San Lucas, with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can 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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