40 days in Mexico Itinerary

40 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Santiago
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Mexico City
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Queretaro City
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Guadalajara
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Oaxaca
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
6
Palenque
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Tuxtla Gutierrez
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Merida
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
10
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Santiago


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6
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 find plenty of places to visit near Mexico City: Spanish Language Institute - Day Course (in Cuernavaca) and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City online tour itinerary planner.

Santiago, Chile to Mexico City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Mexico City is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Queretaro City.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, 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

7
nights
Queretaro City

Queretaro City ©
With a World Heritage-listed town center, Queretaro offers plenty of colonial charm appealing to visitors looking to add a bit of history and culture to their vacation.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pena de Bernal (in Bernal), Tequisquiapan (Plaza Miguel Hidalgo & Bocanegra Cava de Quesos) and Ezequiel Montes (Finca Sala Vive by Freixenet Mexico, Viñedos La Redonda, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Convento de Santa Clara, take in the dramatic natural features at Peña de Bernal, contemplate the long history of Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro, and wander the streets of Teatro de la Republica.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queretaro City holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Queretaro City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. When traveling from Mexico City in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Queretaro City, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ezequiel Montes, Tequisquiapan, Pena de Bernal
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Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Convento de Santa Clara ©
Convento de Santa Clara

2
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.
On the 16th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Fabrica La Aurora, get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin, thentake an in-depth tour of Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, walk around El Charco del Ingenio, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende online trip planner.

Getting from Queretaro City to San Miguel de Allende by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Guadalajara.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Parks Shopping
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Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Charco del Ingenio ©
El Charco del Ingenio

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Guadalajara side-trips: Guachimontones (in Teuchitlan), Destileria La Rojena (in Tequila) and Ajijic Malecon (in Ajijic). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, hunt for treasures at Mercado Libertad, take in nature's colorful creations at Bosque Colomos, and explore the world behind art at Museo Pantaleon Panduro.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Guadalajara online route planner.

Drive from San Miguel de Allende to Guadalajara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Guadalajara can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Guachimontones, Destileria La Rojena, Ajijic Malecon, Museo Pantaleon Panduro
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Palacio de Gobierno ©
Palacio de Gobierno

4
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.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Etnobotanico, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria de la Asuncion, and steep yourself in history at Monte Alban.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Oaxaca trip planner.

Fly from Guadalajara to Oaxaca in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Oaxaca are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Santa Maria del Tule, Jardin Etnobotanico
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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

1
night
Palenque

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 27th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, and then stroll through Aluxes.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Palenque day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Oaxaca to Palenque in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha

2
nights
Tuxtla Gutierrez

Tuxtla Gutierrez ©
Tuxtla Gutiérrez is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican southeast state of Chiapas. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Zoologico Miguel Alvarez del Toro, don't miss a visit to Chiapa de Corzo, thensee the interesting displays at Museo del Cafe de Chiapas, and finally walk around Parque de la Marimba. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Miradores Canon del Sumidero, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas.

To plan Tuxtla Gutierrez vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Palenque to Tuxtla Gutierrez by car takes about 6 hours. In August in Tuxtla Gutierrez, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Tuxtla Gutierrez

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas
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Parque de la Marimba ©
Parque de la Marimba
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Miradores Canon del Sumidero ©
Miradores Canon del Sumidero

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Merida: Uxmal (in Uxmal), Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena (in Santa Elena) and Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza & Cenote Ik kil). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc, explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, admire the landmark architecture of Paseo de Montejo, and contemplate the long history of Mayapan Archaeological Zone.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Merida online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Merida with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Merida. In August in Merida, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Kabah, Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ruta Puuc ©
Ruta Puuc
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): Head underground at Gran Cenote and then stroll through Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulum day trip planning site.

Drive from Merida to Tulum in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. While traveling from Merida, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tulum, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
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.
On the 7th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Xcaret and then don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Nature Parks Theme Parks
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Rio Secreto ©
Rio Secreto

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