35 days in Mexico Itinerary

35 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Mazatlan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
La Paz
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Huatulco
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
7
Cozumel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Playa del Carmen
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Vancouver

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Plaza Machado. Popular historic sites such as Mazatlan Cathedral and El Faro Lighthouse are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Mazatlan, don't miss a visit to Malecon, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Jose Angel Espinoza Ferrusquilla, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mazatlan travel route planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Mazatlan is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in December, with highs in Mazatlan at 33°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Mazatlan

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

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Balandra Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Isla Espiritu Santo. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de Antropologia e Historia de Baja California Sur, don't miss a visit to Kiosco del Malecon, and get outside with Playa El Tecolote (Tecolote Beach).

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Paz trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Mazatlan to La Paz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in La Paz can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Neptune's Finger
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fishing Charters & Tours
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chileno Beach and Santa Maria Beach. Relax by the water at Playa Los Cerritos and Playa del Amor. Change things up with a short trip to Old Town Gallery in San Jose del Cabo (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cabo San Lucas when traveling from La Paz in January, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Los Cerritos, Old Town Gallery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Playa Los Cerritos ©
Playa Los Cerritos

4
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.
Old Vallarta and Zona Romantica will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Marietas Islands. Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the exhibits of Mata Ortiz Art Gallery, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Huatulco.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
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Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Swim with Dolphins

4
nights
Huatulco

Huatulco ©
A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Zicatela and Tangolunda Bay. Relax by the water at Playa La Entrega and Playa San Augustin. Change things up with these side-trips from Huatulco: Central Surf Shop (in Puerto Escondido) and Santuario La Escobilla (in Mazunte). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Magic Falls, explore the activities along Buceo Scuba Huatulco, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Huatulco trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Huatulco in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Huatulco is a bit warmer than Puerto Vallarta - with highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Huatulco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Escondido, Santuario La Escobilla
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Playa Zicatela ©
Playa Zicatela
Playa La Entrega ©
Playa La Entrega
Playa San Augustin ©
Playa San Augustin

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.
On the 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then see the interesting displays at Oaxaca Textile Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Monte Alban. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Mercado Benito Juárez, explore the world behind art at Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art, and then don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca travel route planner.

You can fly from Huatulco to Oaxaca in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Huatulco in January, you will find days in Oaxaca are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are cooler (10°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Cozumel.

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
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

5
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.
Relax by the water at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and Playa Palancar. Get a sense of the local culture at Jesus Es Rey and BALAM Art Painted on Feathers. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef, stroll through Columbia Reef, partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race, and explore the striking landscape at Santa Rosa Wall.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cozumel day trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Oaxaca to Cozumel in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oaxaca to Cozumel. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, Cozumel is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

5
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ek Balam and Arte en Playa. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Climbing Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Aktun Chen (in Akumal), Tulum (Gran Cenote, Art Gallery Miniature, &more) and Punta Sur (in Isla Mujeres). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun and stroll through Xpu-ha Beach.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal, Ek Balam, Xpu-ha Beach, Punta Sur
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours

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