42 days in Mexico Itinerary

42 days in Mexico Itinerary

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42 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
1
Mexico City
— 30 nights
2
Oaxaca
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 15​min
3
Tulum
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cozumel
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Mexico City

30
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get some historical perspective at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Zocalo. Take a break from the city and head to Bosque de Chapultepec and Parque Nacional Grutas de Cacahuamilpa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mexico City: Cuernavaca (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco, & more), Valle de Bravo (Velo de Novia Waterfall & Piedra Herrada Sanctuary) and Tepoztlan (Parque Nacional El Tepozteco & Tepozteco). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mexico City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. October in Mexico City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Cuernavaca, San Juan Teotihuacan, Tepoztlan, Valle de Bravo
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3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monte Alban, then get outside with The Water Boils, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua and then trek along Pueblos Mancomunados.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Mexico City in November, expect nights in Oaxaca to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yagul
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Pueblos Mancomunados ©
Pueblos Mancomunados
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, then view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Tulum in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Oaxaca in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tulum, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then explore the ancient world of San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Palancar and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel online route planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
On the 8th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Galleria Dante and then kick back and relax at Los Muertos Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

Fly from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cozumel to Puerto Vallarta is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

A Broken Art
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Swim with Dolphins
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

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