40 days in North America Itinerary

40 days in North America Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 6 nights
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Queretaro City
— 7 nights
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San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
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Guadalajara
— 5 nights
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Oaxaca
— 4 nights
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Palenque
— 1 night
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Tuxtla Gutierrez
— 2 nights
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Merida
— 5 nights
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Tulum
— 2 nights
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Playa del Carmen
— 3 nights
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Mexico City

— 6 nights

City of Palaces

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-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 · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 8:

Queretaro City

— 7 nights
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 Ezequiel Montes (Finca Sala Vive by Freixenet Mexico, Viñedos La Redonda, &more) and Tequisquiapan (Plaza Miguel Hidalgo & Bocanegra Cava de Quesos). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Convento de Santa Clara, see the interesting displays at Museo Regional, steep yourself in history at Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro, and ponder the world of politics at Casa de La Corregidora.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queretaro City trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Queretaro City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in August: highs in Queretaro City hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 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 · Wineries · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 15:

San Miguel de Allende

— 2 nights
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), browse the exhibits of Fabrica La Aurora, get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, and finally take in the architecture and 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 an hour. 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 catch the flight to Guadalajara.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Guadalajara

— 5 nights

Pearl of the West

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), Malecon de Ajijic (in Ajijic) and Destileria La Rojena (in Tequila). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, hunt for treasures at Mercado Libertad, take in nature's colorful creations at Bosque Los 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.

Fly from San Miguel de Allende to Guadalajara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 fly to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:

Oaxaca

— 4 nights
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 museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Etnobotanico, stop by El Nahual, and make a trip to Hierve el Agua.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oaxaca day trip planner.

You can fly from Guadalajara to Oaxaca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Oaxaca, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Palenque.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

Palenque

— 1 night
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
On the 27th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, then take 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 Palenque.

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 drive to Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Tuxtla Gutierrez

— 2 nights
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, then see 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, then explore the stunning scenery at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Cristobal Martir.

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

Getting from Palenque to Tuxtla Gutierrez by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

Merida

— 5 nights
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: Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza & Cenote Ik kil), Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena (in Santa Elena) and Uxmal (in Uxmal). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Ruta Puuc, delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, contemplate the long history of Zona Arqueologica de Kabah, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral de Merida.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Merida trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Merida. The time zone difference when traveling from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Merida is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:

Tulum

— 2 nights
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): explore the activities along 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 take a bus. 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 · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Playa del Carmen

— 3 nights
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 shuttle; or 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Chiapas travel guide

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Waterfalls · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Mexico's southernmost state, Chiapas encompasses a relatively compact area that packs quite a punch when it comes to natural attractions. Chiapas tours lead visitors through a mountainous area dotted with pristine lakes, national parks, and friendly pueblos largely unspoiled by mass tourism. The city of San Cristobal acts as a natural base for many Chiapas holidays, featuring everything from centuries-old churches to trendy bars. Day-trip ideas from this lively urban center include tours of nearby Mayan ruins and visits to one of Mexico's remotest biosphere reserves. At the far south of the state, you'll likely have one of the last stretches of the country's relatively undeveloped coastline all to yourself.