38 days in Mexico Itinerary

38 days in Mexico Itinerary

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38 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Monterrey
1
Monterrey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Chihuahua
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Los Mochis
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
La Paz
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Guerrero Negro
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
6
Tijuana
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Tequila
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Leon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Guanajuato
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
11
San Miguel de Allende
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
12
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
13
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Puebla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
15
Cuernavaca
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Taxco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
17
Acapulco
— 3 nights
End: Acapulco

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Monterrey

Monterrey ©
An industrial powerhouse and a major transportation hub close to the Texas border, Monterrey offers visitors a blend of culture, art, and history.
On the 9th (Sun), stroll through Alameda Zaragoza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santiago de Saltillo, and then examine the collection at Museo de las Aves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo de Santa Lucia, look for gifts at D'GARHETI Gallery Boutique, and then take in the awesome beauty at Parque la Huasteca.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monterrey planner .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are General Mariano Escobedo International Airport and Plan De Guadalupe International Airport. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chihuahua.

Things to do in Monterrey

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trip

Saltillo
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Parque la Huasteca ©
Parque la Huasteca
Catedral de Santiago de Saltillo ©
Catedral de Santiago de Saltillo
Museo de las Aves ©
Museo de las Aves

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nights
Chihuahua

Chihuahua ©
The city of Chihuahua is the state capital of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Nombre de Dios and then take in breathtaking views at Batopilas Canyon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chihuahua, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Monterrey to Chihuahua. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Monterrey to Chihuahua. In December in Chihuahua, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Mochis.

Things to do in Chihuahua

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Batopilas Canyon
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Museo de la Lealtad Republicana ©
Museo de la Lealtad Republicana
Basilica de Chihuahua ©
Basilica de Chihuahua
Museo Semilla ©
Museo Semilla

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Los Mochis

Los Mochis ©
Los Mochis is a coastal city in northern Sinaloa, Mexico. On the 14th (Fri), head outdoors with Estadio Emilio Ibarra Almada and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Mochis trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Chihuahua to Los Mochis takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Chihuahua in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Mochis: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Los Mochis

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Estadio Emilio Ibarra Almada ©
Estadio Emilio Ibarra Almada
Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©
Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

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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.
Visiting Balandra Beach and Isla Espiritu Santo will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to HarkerBoard co. and Playa Pichilingue (Pichilingue Beach). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of La Paz Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Museo de La Ballena, make a trip to Malecon, and identify plant and animal life at El Serpentario De La Paz.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our La Paz travel route planner .

Getting from Los Mochis to La Paz by car takes about 10 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Guerrero Negro.

Things to do in La Paz

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Isla Espiritu Santo ©
Isla Espiritu Santo
Museo de La Ballena ©
Museo de La Ballena
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach

2
nights
Guerrero Negro

Guerrero Negro is the largest town located in the municipality of Mulegé in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur (BCS). On the 18th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Dunas de Soledad.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Guerrero Negro trip itinerary site .

You can drive from La Paz to Guerrero Negro in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tijuana.

Things to do in Guerrero Negro

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Tijuana

Tijuana ©
Tijuana is the largest city in Baja California and on the Baja California Peninsula and center of the Tijuana metropolitan area, part of the international San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas de Tijuana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and then see the interesting displays at Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT).

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tijuana trip planner .

Traveling by car from Guerrero Negro to Tijuana takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Tijuana

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Playas de Tijuana ©
Playas de Tijuana
Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) ©
Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoologico Guadalajara, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalajara Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Expiatory Temple and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chapala.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Guadalajara journey planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tijuana to Guadalajara. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Tijuana in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Guadalajara: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tequila.

Things to do in Guadalajara

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lake Chapala
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Lake Chapala ©
Lake Chapala
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Zoologico Guadalajara ©
Zoologico Guadalajara

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night
Tequila

Tequila ©
Santiago de Tequila is a town and municipality located in the state of Jalisco about 60 km from the city of Guadalajara. On the 23rd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa de Los Abuelos, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional del Tequila MUNAT, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Santiago Apostol, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada Los Azules.

Before you visit Tequila, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Guadalajara to Tequila in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Leon.

Things to do in Tequila

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Magdalena Jalisco Mexico
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Cascada Los Azules ©
Cascada Los Azules
Magdalena Jalisco Mexico ©
Magdalena Jalisco Mexico
Museo Nacional del Tequila MUNAT ©
Museo Nacional del Tequila MUNAT

1
night
Leon

Leon ©
León is the most populous city and municipality in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. On the 25th (Tue), engage your brain at Centro de Ciencias Explora and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Leon trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Tequila to Leon takes 3.5 hours. In December in Leon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Guanajuato.

Things to do in Leon

#Childrens Museums, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Centro de Ciencias Explora ©
Centro de Ciencias Explora

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nights
Guanajuato

Guanajuato ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Guanajuato spills over hilly terrain in central Mexico, luring visitors with its pleasant tree-shaded plazas and friendly sidewalk cafes.
On the 26th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Alhondiga de Granaditas, then examine the collection at Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro del cubilete. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): look for gifts at Dulceria La Catrina and then see a world frozen in time at Pozos de Mineral.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Guanajuato trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Leon to Guanajuato takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Guanajuato are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Guanajuato

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cerro del cubilete
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Cerro del cubilete ©
Cerro del cubilete
Alhondiga de Granaditas ©
Alhondiga de Granaditas
Pozos de Mineral ©
Pozos de Mineral

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nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Jardin and Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Get some cultural insight at La Esquina Mexican Toy Museum and La Parroquia. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Canada de la Virgen, browse the exhibits of Fabrica La Aurora, get engrossed in the history at Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, and view the masterpieces at Galeria San Francisco.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Guanajuato to San Miguel de Allende takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in San Miguel de Allende can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

#Museums, #Wildlife, #Parks
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El Jardin ©
El Jardin
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
Canada de la Virgen ©
Canada de la Virgen

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nights
San Juan Teotihuacan

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
On the 31st (Mon), explore the world behind art at Cuartel De Arte and then get outside with Flying Pictures Mexico. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Galeria Media Luna and then explore the engaging exhibits at Centro Interactivo Mundo Futbol.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Juan Teotihuacan day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to San Juan Teotihuacan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Miguel de Allende to San Juan Teotihuacan is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pachuca, Galeria Media Luna
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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan ©
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
Cuartel De Arte ©
Cuartel De Arte
Centro Interactivo Mundo Futbol ©
Centro Interactivo Mundo Futbol

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Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from the city and head to Chapultepec Park and La Condesa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo del Templo Mayor and Frida Kahlo Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), contemplate the waterfront views at Lago del Bosque de Chapultepec, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City travel planner.

Getting from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Frida Kahlo Museum ©
Frida Kahlo Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), then examine the collection at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica de Puebla. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Ferrocarril, contemplate the long history of Barrio del Artista, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Africam Safari.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puebla itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Puebla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Puebla can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Puebla

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)
Catedral Basilica de Puebla ©
Catedral Basilica de Puebla

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Cuernavaca

Cuernavaca ©
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): head outdoors with Parque Ecologico Chapultepec, take an in-depth tour of Robert Brady Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Palacio de Cortes.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cuernavaca trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Puebla to Cuernavaca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puebla in January, expect Cuernavaca to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taxco.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Parque Ecologico Chapultepec ©
Parque Ecologico Chapultepec
Robert Brady Museum ©
Robert Brady Museum
Palacio de Cortes ©
Palacio de Cortes

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nights
Taxco

Taxco ©
Taxco de Alarcón is a small city and administrative center of a Taxco de Alarcón Municipality located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): head outdoors with Grutas La Estrella and then look for gifts at Spratling Ranch Workshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Guillermo Spratling, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Prisca de Taxco, then examine the collection at Casa Humboldt, and finally examine the collection at Silver Museum (Museo de la Plateria).

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Taxco trip builder tool .

You can drive from Cuernavaca to Taxco in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Acapulco.

Things to do in Taxco

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grutas La Estrella
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Casa Humboldt ©
Casa Humboldt
Santa Prisca de Taxco ©
Santa Prisca de Taxco
Grutas La Estrella ©
Grutas La Estrella

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) and Acapulco Historical Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Barra Vieja Beach and Casa de la Cultura. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at El Fuerte de San Diego, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventura, and take in the dramatic natural features at La Quebrada.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Acapulco online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Taxco to Acapulco takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Acapulco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Ventura
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Barra Vieja Beach ©
Barra Vieja Beach
Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) ©
El Fuerte de San Diego ©
El Fuerte de San Diego

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