45 days in Mexico Itinerary

45 days in Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip planner

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Fly to Cancun, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel
— 4 nights
Ferry to Playa del Carmen, Fly to Oaxaca
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Oaxaca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puebla
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Miguel de Allende
— 5 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Fly to Culiacan, Bus to Mazatlan
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Mazatlan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
Fly
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Palenque
— 3 nights
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Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Merida, Bus to Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum
— 7 nights
Fly

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Cozumel

— 4 nights
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see Pirate Pub Crawl, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel trip itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cozumel is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zurich to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in October: high temperatures in Cozumel hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

Oaxaca

— 3 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Coyote Aventuras, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, take an in-depth tour of Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, and don't miss a visit to Andador de Macedonia Alcala.

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

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Cozumel to Oaxaca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Oaxaca when traveling from Cozumel in October, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Puebla

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puebla: Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala (in Tlaxcala) and Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra, see the interesting displays at Museo Amparo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario).

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Puebla sightseeing planner.

Getting from Oaxaca to Puebla by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Oaxaca in October; daily highs in Puebla reach 28°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can fly to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

San Miguel de Allende

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guanajuato (Museo Iconografico del Quijote & Museo Regional de Guanajuato Alhondiga de Granaditas) and Queretaro City (Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro & Convento de Santa Clara). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, walk around El Charco del Ingenio, and deepen your understanding at Sazon.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Puebla to San Miguel de Allende takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in San Miguel de Allende, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:

Puerto Vallarta

— 5 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, get outside with Bahía de Banderas, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta day trip site.

You can fly from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Miguel de Allende in October: highs in Puerto Vallarta hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:

Cabo San Lucas

— 5 nights
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Get out of town with these interesting Cabo San Lucas side-trips: San Jose del Cabo (Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach), Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke, and explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas. In October, daytime highs in Cabo San Lucas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 3:

Mazatlan

— 3 nights

Pacific Pearl

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Mazatlan is known for historic sites, adventure, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Malecon de Mazatlan, stroll through Paco's Reserva De Flora & Fauna, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and wander the streets of Old Mazatlan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mazatlan online holiday builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cabo San Lucas to Mazatlan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mazatlan, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, and don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City trip planner.

Getting from Mazatlan to Mexico City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mazatlan to Mexico City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mazatlan in November, expect Mexico City to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:

Palenque

— 3 nights
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.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, stroll through Aluxes Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Palenque day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Palenque takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

Chichen Itza

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and then contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza journey builder website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Chichen Itza in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Palenque to Chichen Itza is 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:

Tulum

— 7 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Rio Secreto & Xcaret). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the activities along Gran Cenote, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tulum holiday app.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Tulum, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 22:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.