60 days in Mexico Itinerary

60 days in Mexico Itinerary

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60 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
bus + Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Playa del Carmen
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Merida
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Puebla
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Mexico City
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Queretaro City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Miguel de Allende
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Ajijic
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Guadalajara
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Puerto Vallarta
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
11
Zacatecas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Cozumel
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
End: New York City

7
nights
Playa del Carmen

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Head to La Isla Shopping Village and Kaahal Home Tulumfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Shark Diving. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Convent of San Bernardino of Siena (in Valladolid), Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Chikin Ha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, and explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder site .

New York City, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New York City in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 72°F in Playa del Carmen. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, Cancun, Akumal, Chichen Itza, Convent of San Bernardino of Siena
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
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.
Do your shopping at Noche Mexicana and Galeria La Eskalera. Get a sense of the local culture at Uxmal and Convento de San Antonio de Padua. When in Merida, make a side trip to see Cenote Ik kil in Chichen Itza, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Casa Montejo, explore the ancient world of Mayapan Mayan Ruins, admire the striking features of Plaza Grande, and contemplate the long history of Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Merida travel route builder website .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Merida in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Playa del Carmen in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Merida: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puebla.

Things to do in Merida

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenote Ik kil, Convento de San Antonio de Padua, Uxmal
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 15:
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Galeria Tataya ©
Galeria Tataya
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua

4
nights
Puebla

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
For shopping fun, head to Bazar los Sapos or La Gran Fama. Explore hidden gems such as Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) and Catedral Basilica de Puebla. Explore Puebla's surroundings by going to San Pedro Cholula (Zona Arqueológica de Cholula & La monarca), Murals of the Government Palace (in Tlaxcala) and Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Zocalo, explore the world behind art at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo San Francisco Acatepec, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo).

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puebla driving holiday site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Merida to Puebla in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Merida to Puebla due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Merida in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Puebla, with highs around 74°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

San Pedro Cholula, Chalcatzingo, Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala, Tonantzintla, Popocatepetl
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Zocalo ©
Zocalo
Zona Arqueológica de Cholula ©
Zona Arqueológica de Cholula

6
nights
Mexico City

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Coyoacan and Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Head to Polanco and Yawi Arte Tradicionalfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center (Centro Historico), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and see the interesting displays at Museo Soumaya.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City tour planning site .

You can take a bus from Puebla to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. September in Mexico City sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Food Tours
Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Historic Center (Centro Historico) ©
Historic Center (Centro Historico)

1
night
San Juan Teotihuacan

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
On the 26th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Museo Manuel Gamio Centro de Estudios Teotihuacanos, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, and then steep yourself in history at Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Juan Teotihuacan trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Queretaro City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites Museums
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4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Finca Sala Vive by Freixenet Mexico and MUCAL Museo del Calendario. Step off the beaten path and head to Peña de Bernal and Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queretaro City: Basilica de la Virgen de los Dolores de Soriano (in Colon) and San Juanito (in Tequisquiapan). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, don't miss a visit to El Acueducto De Queretaro, admire the masterpieces at Museo Fundacion Santiago Carbonell, and look for gifts at Quinto Real.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Queretaro City trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan Teotihuacan to Queretaro City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September in Queretaro City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Finca Sala Vive by Freixenet Mexico, Basilica de la Virgen de los Dolores de Soriano, San Juanito
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Museo Fundacion Santiago Carbonell ©
Peña de Bernal ©
Peña de Bernal
MUCAL Museo del Calendario ©
MUCAL Museo del Calendario

5
nights
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.
Do your shopping at Fabrica La Aurora and Bordello Galeria. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and Museo La Esquina. Change things up with these side-trips from San Miguel de Allende: Guanajuato (Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato, Cono Seis Galeria, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Mr Poster, see the interesting displays at Mask Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Queretaro City to San Miguel de Allende takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in San Miguel de Allende, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Ajijic.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Guanajuato
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©

2
nights
Ajijic

Ajijic ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Fiaga Boutique, then make a trip to Ajijic Malecon, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casa tequila bonanza bar. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Francisco, deepen your understanding at Santos Degollado Secondary School, stroll the grounds of Ajijic Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Kiosco de Ajijic, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Andres Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ajijic trip planner .

You can drive from San Miguel de Allende to Ajijic in 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Ajijic

Historic Sites Spas Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Parroquia de San Francisco
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Parroquia de San Francisco ©
Parroquia de San Francisco
Fiaga Boutique ©
Fiaga Boutique
Spas

6
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 hidden gems such as Expiatory Temple and Guadalajara Cathedral. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lugo and Andares. Go for a jaunt from Guadalajara to Teuchitlan to see Guachimontones about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, admire the masterpieces at Museo Pantaleon Panduro, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico Guadalajara, and take in the exciting artwork at Del Corazon de la Tierra- Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Guadalajara day trip app .

You can drive from Ajijic to Guadalajara in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Andares, Guachimontones, Museo Pantaleon Panduro, Lugo
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Tlaquepaque and Tonala Artisans Tour ©
Guachimontones ©
Guachimontones
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple

8
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galeria Colectika and The Loft Galeria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Sayulita) and Playa Las Animas (in Cabo Corrientes). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, head off the coast to Marietas Islands, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta driving holiday planning site .

Fly from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Puerto Vallarta is somewhat warmer than Guadalajara - with highs of 88°F and lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Zacatecas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Marietas Islands, Playa Las Animas
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 21:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Zacatecas

Zacatecas ©
Beautifully preserved architecture and a refreshing lack of mass tourism remain among the main reasons to take a trip to Zacatecas, a colonial-era city at the heart of Mexico.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the striking features of Catedral de Zacatecas, examine the collection at Rafael Coronel Museum (Museo Rafael Coronel), then get great views at Cerro de la Bufa, and finally go deep underground at Mina El Eden. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo de Guadalupe, see the interesting displays at Museo de Francisco Goitia, then admire the masterpieces at Pedro Coronel Museum (Museo de Pedro Coronel), and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zacatecas day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Zacatecas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in October, you will find days in Zacatecas are slightly colder (74°F), and nights are cooler (47°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Zacatecas

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Museo de Guadalupe
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Museo de Guadalupe ©
Museo de Guadalupe
Catedral de Zacatecas ©
Catedral de Zacatecas
Cerro de la Bufa ©
Cerro de la Bufa

7
nights
Cozumel

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and Playa Palancar. Get some cultural insight at The Mayan Cacao Company and Galo Art Studio. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Columbia Reef, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic natural features at Palancar Reef, and get outside with The Money Bar Beach Club.

Before you visit Cozumel, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Zacatecas to Cozumel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Zacatecas to Cozumel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zacatecas in October: highs in Cozumel hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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