34 days in Mexico Itinerary

34 days in Mexico Itinerary

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34 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Puerto Vallarta
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Mexico City
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Puebla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Cuernavaca
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Acapulco
— 2 nights
8
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
9
Palenque
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h
10
Merida
— 2 nights
11
Chichen Itza
— 2 nights
12
Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Cozumel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
14
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Nassau, New Providence Island

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pelican Rock, El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, Playa del Amor, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Medano Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Amor and then explore the striking landscape at Pelican Rock.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas online trip itinerary maker .

Honolulu, USA to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Honolulu to Cabo San Lucas. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Pelican Rock ©
Pelican Rock

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Los Muertos Pier, Old Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, explore the striking landscape of Los Arcos, and get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta tour planner.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Marietas Islands
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Bahía de Banderas ©
Bahía de Banderas
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalajara Cathedral, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico Guadalajara, then admire the striking features of Teatro Degollado, and finally examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Romantic Lake Chapala, pause for some photo ops at Minerva (La), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Zapopan, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Expiatory Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Guadalajara trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in August, expect Guadalajara to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mexico City.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Basilica de Zapopan ©
Basilica de Zapopan

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.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, walk around Bosque de Chapultepec, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City road trip planning website .

Getting from Guadalajara to Mexico City by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Guadalajara in August, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Zocalo ©
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo) as well as Zona Arqueológica de Cholula. On the 13th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica de Puebla, pause for some serene contemplation at Tonantzintla, then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo). On the next day, get lost in a book at Biblioteca Palafoxiana, see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), and then wander the streets of Zocalo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puebla online trip maker .

Take a bus from Mexico City to Puebla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City in August, Puebla is slightly colder at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tonantzintla, Zona Arqueológica de Cholula
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Catedral Basilica de Puebla ©
Catedral Basilica de Puebla
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)

2
nights
Cuernavaca

Cuernavaca ©
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral of the Asencion (Catedral de la Asuncion) as well as Garden Borda Cultural Center. On the 15th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Tepozteco, contemplate the long history of Robert Brady Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): admire the striking features of Palacio de Cortes, admire the natural beauty at Garden Borda Cultural Center, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Asencion (Catedral de la Asuncion).

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuernavaca online itinerary planner .

Getting from Puebla to Cuernavaca by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Puebla in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Cuernavaca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Acapulco.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tepozteco
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Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco ©
Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco
Robert Brady Museum ©
Robert Brady Museum
Tepozteco ©
Tepozteco

2
nights
Acapulco

Acapulco ©
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) and then kick back and relax at Barra Vieja Beach. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Fuerte De San Diego and then take in the dramatic natural features at La Quebrada.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Cuernavaca to Acapulco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuernavaca in August, things will get a bit warmer in Acapulco: highs are around 40°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Barra Vieja Beach ©
Barra Vieja Beach
Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) ©
La Quebrada ©
La Quebrada

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 19th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Monte Alban, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez, then make a trip to Zocalo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Soledad and then don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oaxaca online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Acapulco to Oaxaca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Acapulco in August, things will get slightly colder in Oaxaca: highs are around 34°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier". Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, get to know the resident critters at Aluxes Palenque, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier" and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Palenque online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Palenque in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Museums
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

2
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, then explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, and then admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Grande.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Merida holiday builder website .

Getting from Palenque to Merida by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Merida. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums
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Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Plaza Grande ©
Plaza Grande

2
nights
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Balankanche Cave. On the 25th (Sun), Head underground at Balankanche Cave, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Samula and then Head underground at Cenote Xkeken.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza visit website .

Drive from Merida to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Valladolid
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Gran Cenote, Two Eyes Cenote, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Gran Cenote, explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, and then identify plant and animal life at Two Eyes Cenote.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum online road trip planner .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, Tulum is slightly colder than Chichen Itza - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

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nights
Cozumel

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, Columbia Reef and San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Columbia Reef. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Palancar Reef and then explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel tour planning website .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mayan Museum of Cancun, Garrafon Natural Reef Park and Dolphinaris Cancun. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, contemplate the long history of El Rey Archaeological Zone, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and don't miss a visit to Av Kukulkan.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Cancun online visit planner .

You can drive from Cozumel to Cancun in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

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