40 days in Mexico Itinerary

40 days in Mexico Itinerary

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40 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Mexico City
— 6 nights
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
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  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
bus:  1​h
10
Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  12​h
End: Santiago


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6
nights
Mexico City

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mexico City: Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan) and Spanish Language Institute - Day Course (in Cuernavaca). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City tour itinerary maker app .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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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Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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.
Explore Queretaro City's surroundings by going 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). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Convento de Santa Clara, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Sacro Queretaro.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Queretaro City tour builder .

Getting from Mexico City to Queretaro City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Mexico City in August, you will find days in Queretaro City are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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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Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo ©
Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo
Peña de Bernal ©
Peña de Bernal

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), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fabrica La Aurora, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Jardin, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, walk around El Charco del Ingenio, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our San Miguel de Allende trip planning site .

You can drive from Queretaro City to San Miguel de Allende in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Guadalajara.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Parks
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Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

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.
Explore Guadalajara's surroundings by going to Destileria La Rojena (in Tequila), Ajijic Malecon (in Ajijic) and Guachimontones (in Teuchitlan). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, admire the natural beauty at Bosque Colomos, hunt for treasures at Mercado Libertad, and browse the exhibits of Palacio de Gobierno.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Guadalajara road trip website .

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Guadalajara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. August in Guadalajara sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Step out of Oaxaca with an excursion to Santa Maria de la Asuncion in Santa Maria del Tule--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Etnobotanico, don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Guadalajara to Oaxaca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, and then meet the residents at Aluxes Palenque.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Palenque attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Palenque in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can 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
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios

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): meet the residents at Zoologico Miguel Alvarez del Toro, then make a trip to Chiapa de Corzo, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Cafe de Chiapas, and finally stroll around Parque de la Marimba. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Miradores Canon del Sumidero, then take in breathtaking views at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Tuxtla Gutierrez trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Palenque to Tuxtla Gutierrez takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Merida: Uxmal (in Uxmal), Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza & Cenote Ik kil) and Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena (in Santa Elena). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc, explore the ancient world of Kabah, get a taste of life in the country at Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, and admire the striking features of Plaza Grande.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Merida vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Merida. Traveling from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Merida, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Merida, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote and then stroll through Paradise Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Merida to Tulum by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Merida in September: highs in Tulum hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): cool off at Xcaret Park and then make a trip to Quinta Avenida. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen road trip tool .

You can take a bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Another option is to drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

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

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