32 days in Mexico Itinerary

32 days in Mexico Itinerary

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32 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  4​h
1
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cabo San Lucas
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
La Paz
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Mazatlan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Tulum
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Cancun
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Uxmal
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h
End: Guadalajara

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes) and Nuevo Vallarta Beach (in Nuevo Vallarta). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Vallarta, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta road trip planning website .

Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Guadalajara in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Puerto Vallarta: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Chileno Beach. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco, take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
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Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Balandra Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Caktu Souvenirs, and then head off the coast to Isla Espiritu Santo. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then make a trip to Malecon.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in La Paz. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Isla Espiritu Santo ©
Isla Espiritu Santo
Fishing Charters & Tours
Malecon
Malecon

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Plaza Machado and Mazatlan Cathedral. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Malecon, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Mazatlan, and wander the streets of Old Mazatlan.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mazatlan day trip tool .

Getting from La Paz to Mazatlan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Mazatlan can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors Adventure Historic Sites
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Zipline
Plaza Machado ©
Plaza Machado
Malecon ©
Malecon

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and head outdoors with Ride MB.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Mazatlan to Mexico City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, Mexico City is slightly colder than Mazatlan - with highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Zocalo ©
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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 6th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Monte Alban, then examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua and then don't miss a visit to Zocalo.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Oaxaca travel route planning site .

You can fly from Mexico City to Oaxaca in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Mexico City in December, expect nights in Oaxaca to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

3
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 The Amazing Cozumel Race. The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Santa Rosa Wall, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the depths of the sea with a submarine tour, and head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cozumel online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Cozumel takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Oaxaca to Cozumel is 1 hour. Traveling from Oaxaca in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cozumel, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Ek Balam. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret & Off-Road Tours). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tulum tour planner.

You can drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tulum are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Punta Sur and Mayan Museum of Cancun. Take a break from Cancun with a short trip to Guadalupe Chapel in Isla Mujeres, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Delfines, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Cancun trip planner .

Drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uxmal.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Swim with Dolphins
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Shark Diving

1
night
Uxmal

Uxmal ©
On the 21st (Sat), explore the ancient world of Kabah, then head outdoors with Mirador de Muna, and then explore the ancient world of Uxmal.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Uxmal driving holiday planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cancun to Uxmal. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cancun in December: highs in Uxmal hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Mirador de Muna, Kabah
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Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Mirador de Muna ©
Mirador de Muna
Kabah ©
Kabah

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