29 days in North America Itinerary

29 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico travel route builder

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Mexico City
— 5 nights
Drive
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Queretaro City
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
Drive
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Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tequila
— 3 nights
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Bus to Aeropuerto Guadalajara, Fly to Villahermosa, Taxi to Palenque
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Palenque
— 2 nights
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Oaxaca
— 3 nights
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Merida
— 4 nights
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Puebla
— 2 nights
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Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Visit Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) for their historical value. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Coyoacan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico), and don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip builder.

Santiago, Chile to Mexico City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Queretaro City.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:

Queretaro City

— 3 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Finca Sala Vive by Freixenet Mexico and Teatro de la Republica. Popular historic sites such as Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro and Plaza de Armas are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queretaro City: Jardin Botanico Regional de Cadereyta (in Cadereyta de Montes) and Viñedos La Redonda (in Ezequiel Montes). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Regional, take in the dramatic natural features at Peña de Bernal, don't miss a visit to El Acueducto De Queretaro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Queretaro City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Queretaro City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in August: highs in Queretaro City hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

San Miguel de Allende

— 3 nights
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 historical perspective at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and El Jardin. Alhondiga de Granaditas and Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Guanajuato (Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato, Templo de San Francisco, &more). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Divino, and browse the exhibits of Casa Michoacana.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Queretaro City to San Miguel de Allende takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Miguel de Allende are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Guadalajara.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Guadalajara

— 2 nights

Pearl of the West

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), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Expiatory Temple, pause for some photo ops at Basilica de Zapopan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalajara Cathedral, then listen to music at Teatro Degollado, and finally see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas. Here are some ideas for day two: 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 steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Guadalajara itinerary tool.

Drive from San Miguel de Allende to Guadalajara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Guadalajara can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tequila.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Tequila

— 3 nights
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): delve into the distant past at Guachimontones, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Los Abuelos Familia Sauza, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Destileria La Rojena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casa Sauza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia Santiago Apostol, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Tequila MUNAT, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at La Cata Tequila Tasting Room.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tequila online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Guadalajara to Tequila takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tequila are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Tequila

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Palenque

— 2 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 19th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playas de Catazaja, then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Del Textil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Palenque online travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Tequila to Palenque in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

Oaxaca

— 3 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Monte Alban and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Del Amor in Zipolite (about 6 hours away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, sample the tasty concoctions at Oaxaca Brewing Company, and kick back and relax at Playa La Bocana.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Oaxaca online tour itinerary maker.

Fly from Palenque to Oaxaca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Oaxaca, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Merida.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:

Merida

— 4 nights
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.
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya and Museo Casa Montejo will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chichen Itza and Catedral de Merida. Explore Merida's surroundings by going to Celestun (Mangroves of Dzinitun, Celestun Wildlife Refuge, &more) and Uxmal (in Uxmal). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mayapan Archaeological Zone, delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, sample the fine beverages at Posheria Merida, and examine the collection at Museo de la Gastronomia Yucateca.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Merida travel planner.

You can fly from Oaxaca to Merida in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oaxaca to Merida. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Oaxaca in August: high temperatures in Merida hover around 41°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puebla.

Things to do in Merida

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:

Puebla

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), then stroll through Museo Viviente, and finally walk around Zocalo. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo San Francisco Acatepec, pause for some serene contemplation at Tonantzintla, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, then explore the world behind art at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Puebla itinerary builder app.

Fly from Merida to Puebla in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Merida to Puebla is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Merida in August, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Puebla: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Chiapas travel guide

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Waterfalls · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Mexico's southernmost state, Chiapas encompasses a relatively compact area that packs quite a punch when it comes to natural attractions. Chiapas tours lead visitors through a mountainous area dotted with pristine lakes, national parks, and friendly pueblos largely unspoiled by mass tourism. The city of San Cristobal acts as a natural base for many Chiapas holidays, featuring everything from centuries-old churches to trendy bars. Day-trip ideas from this lively urban center include tours of nearby Mayan ruins and visits to one of Mexico's remotest biosphere reserves. At the far south of the state, you'll likely have one of the last stretches of the country's relatively undeveloped coastline all to yourself.