32 days in Mexico Itinerary

32 days in Mexico Itinerary

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32 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
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
La Paz
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Mazatlan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Cozumel
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Guadalajara

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

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 discover tucked-away gems like Old Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta Beach. When in Puerto Vallarta, make a side trip to see Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, head off the coast to Marietas Islands, explore the striking landscape of Los Arcos, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary maker site .

Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Guadalajara in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Puerto Vallarta: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Marina Cabo San Lucas, kick back and relax at Playa del Amor, take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and stroll through Chileno Beach.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Cabo San Lucas planner .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December: highs in Cabo San Lucas hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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.
On the 21st (Sat), make a trip to Malecon, then kick back and relax at Balandra Beach, and then get outside with HarkerBoard co.. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Isla Espiritu Santo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a La Paz vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in December since evenings lows in La Paz dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Isla Espiritu Santo ©
Isla Espiritu Santo
Malecon
Malecon
HarkerBoard co. ©
HarkerBoard co.

2
nights
Mazatlan

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Mazatlan Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Plaza Machado, and then make a trip to Malecon. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then view the masterpieces at Escarabajo Azul Galeria de Arte.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mazatlan visit planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Mazatlan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Zipline
Plaza Machado ©
Plaza Machado
Mazatlan Cathedral ©
Mazatlan Cathedral

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 Palacio de Bellas Artes and Bosque de Chapultepec. Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, head outdoors with Ride MB, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mexico City trip builder app .

Getting from Mazatlan to Mexico City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mazatlan to Mexico City is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mazatlan in December, with highs in Mexico City at 26°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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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
Cancun

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Sur and Playa Delfines. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Isla Mujeres (Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon & Guadalupe Chapel) and Croco Cun Zoo (in Puerto Morelos). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cancun takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cancun. While traveling from Mexico City, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cancun, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Croco Cun Zoo
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Croco Cun Zoo ©
Croco Cun Zoo
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Mayan Museum of Cancun ©
Mayan Museum of Cancun

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ek Balam. Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Off-Road Tours). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tulum trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Ek Balam
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palancar Reef and Paradise Beach Cozumel. Next up on the itinerary: partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, and stop by Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cozumel online journey planner .

Drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Theme Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Soledad, and then contemplate the long history of Monte Alban. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Oaxaca Brewing Company and then don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Oaxaca travel route planning site .

You can fly from Cozumel to Oaxaca in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cozumel in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Oaxaca, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman

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