29 days in Mexico Itinerary

29 days in Mexico Itinerary

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29 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Mexico City
— 5 nights
2
Queretaro City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Tequila
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
6
Palenque
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Oaxaca
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Merida
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
9
Puebla
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Santiago


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5
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
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 Palacio de Bellas Artes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Museo del Templo Mayor. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center (Centro Historico).

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mexico City trip itinerary builder tool .

Santiago, Chile to Mexico City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Santiago to Mexico City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Queretaro City.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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3
nights
Queretaro City

Queretaro City ©
With a World Heritage-listed town center, Queretaro offers plenty of colonial charm appealing to visitors looking to add a bit of history and culture to their vacation.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Regional and Museo de Arte Sacro Queretaro. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Finca Sala Vive by Freixenet Mexico and Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queretaro City: Viñedos La Redonda (in Ezequiel Montes) and Jardin Botanico Regional de Cadereyta (in Cadereyta de Montes). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Teatro de la Republica, explore the striking landscape at Peña de Bernal, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and don't miss a visit to El Acueducto De Queretaro.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Queretaro City online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Queretaro City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. When traveling from Mexico City in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Queretaro City: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ezequiel Montes, Jardin Botanico Regional de Cadereyta
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Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo ©
Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo
Museo Regional ©
Museo Regional
Museo de Arte Sacro Queretaro ©
Museo de Arte Sacro Queretaro

3
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Get some cultural insight at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and Museo La Esquina. Visit El Jardin and Templo de San Francisco for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from San Miguel de Allende: Guanajuato (Museo Exhacienda San Gabriel de Barrera, Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato, & more). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Casa Michoacana, shop like a local with Fabrica La Aurora, and look for gifts at Arte Divino.

To find maps and tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende trip planner.

Traveling by car from Queretaro City to San Miguel de Allende takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Guadalajara.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guanajuato
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Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

2
nights
Guadalajara

Guadalajara ©
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.
On the 14th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Expiatory Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Zapopan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalajara Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Teatro Degollado, and finally examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chapala Malecon, then get to know the fascinating history of Romantic Lake Chapala, then view the masterpieces at Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Gobierno.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Guadalajara online vacation builder .

Drive from San Miguel de Allende to Guadalajara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In August, daytime highs in Guadalajara are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Tequila.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Chapala Malecon
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Basilica de Zapopan ©
Basilica de Zapopan

3
nights
Tequila

Tequila ©
Santiago de Tequila is a town and municipality located in the state of Jalisco about 60 km from the city of Guadalajara. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Guachimontones, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Los Abuelos Familia Sauza, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Destileria La Rojena. On your second day here, sample the fine beverages at Casa Sauza, then don't miss a visit to Parroquia Santiago Apostol, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional del Tequila MUNAT, and finally sample the fine beverages at La Cata Tequila Tasting Room.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tequila online road trip planner .

You can drive from Guadalajara to Tequila in 1.5 hours. August in Tequila sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Tequila

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Guachimontones
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Casa Sauza ©
Casa Sauza
Guachimontones ©
Guachimontones
Parroquia Santiago Apostol ©
Parroquia Santiago Apostol

2
nights
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 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playas de Catazaja, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Del Textil. On the next day, make a trip to Iglesia Santo Domingo, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then examine the collection at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Palenque road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Tequila to Palenque with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Playas de Catazaja
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Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Iglesia Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia Santo Domingo

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Monte Alban and Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Basilica de la Soledad are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Bocana, kick back and relax at Playa Del Amor, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Oaxaca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Oaxaca, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa La Bocana, Playa Del Amor
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman

4
nights
Merida

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chichen Itza and Dzibilchaltún. Uxmal and Merida Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Merida to go to Celestun and see Mangroves of Dzinitun, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Celestun Wildlife Refuge, examine the collection at Museo de la Gastronomia Yucateca, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Posheria Merida, and enjoy the sand and surf at Celestun.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Merida journey planner.

Getting from Oaxaca to Merida by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oaxaca to Merida. In August, Merida is somewhat warmer than Oaxaca - with highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puebla.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Mangroves of Dzinitun, Celestun Wildlife Refuge, Uxmal, Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), examine the collection at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), then identify plant and animal life at Museo Viviente, and finally wander the streets of Zocalo. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo San Francisco Acatepec, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tonantzintla, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica de Puebla.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puebla trip planner .

Getting from Merida to Puebla by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Merida in August, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Puebla: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

San Pedro Cholula, Tonantzintla
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Catedral Basilica de Puebla ©
Catedral Basilica de Puebla
Templo San Francisco Acatepec ©
Templo San Francisco Acatepec

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