31 days in Mexico Itinerary

31 days in Mexico Itinerary

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31 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tijuana
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Acapulco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Cuernavaca
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Tepoztlan
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Puebla
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
San Pedro Cholula
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Tlaxcala
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
7
Coatepec
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Boca del Rio
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
10
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Villahermosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
12
Campeche
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Merida
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
14
Izamal
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
15
Chichen Itza
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
16
Valladolid
— Few hours
17
Cancun
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
18
Isla Mujeres
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
19
Playa del Carmen
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
20
Tulum
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Tijuana

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Acapulco

Acapulco ©
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Get some cultural insight at Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) and Zona Arqueologica de Tehuacalco. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Ventura and House of Culture. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Barra de Coyuca, take in the exciting artwork at Casa de Mascaras, don't miss a visit to Capilla del Atardecer, and take an in-depth tour of Acapulco Historical Museum.

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Tijuana to Acapulco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Tijuana to Acapulco due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Tijuana, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Acapulco, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Ventura, Zona Arqueologica de Tehuacalco
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Club de Yates ©
Club de Yates
Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) ©

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Cuernavaca

Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. On the 6th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Indigena Contemporaneo, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then explore the ancient world of Piramides de Teopanzolco.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cuernavaca tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Acapulco to Cuernavaca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Acapulco in May, with highs in Cuernavaca at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tepoztlan.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Spas Historic Sites Museums
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Spas & Wellness
Piramides de Teopanzolco ©
Piramides de Teopanzolco
Museo de Arte Indigena Contemporaneo ©

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Tepoztlan

Tepoztlán is a town in the Mexican state of Morelos. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Lagartija Club Mezcal.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tepoztlan road trip website .

Drive from Cuernavaca to Tepoztlan in an hour. May in Tepoztlan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Tepoztlan

Spas Breweries & Distilleries
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Spas
Lagartija Club Mezcal ©
Lagartija Club Mezcal

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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.
Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Cantona Archaeological Ruins, admire the architecture and history at Secret Convent of Santa Monica, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo).

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puebla road trip app .

Getting from Tepoztlan to Puebla by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tepoztlan in May, things will get little chillier in Puebla: highs are around 32°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Pedro Cholula.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Archaeological Zone Yohualichan
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Cantona Archaeological Ruins ©
Cantona Archaeological Ruins
Archaeological Zone Yohualichan ©
Archaeological Zone Yohualichan
Secret Convent of Santa Monica ©
Secret Convent of Santa Monica

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San Pedro Cholula

San Pedro Cholula
For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro Cholula trip planner .

You can drive from Puebla to San Pedro Cholula in an hour. May in San Pedro Cholula sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you're off toTlaxcala.

Things to do in San Pedro Cholula

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Tlaxcala

Tlaxcala
To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tlaxcala day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Pedro Cholula to Tlaxcala takes an hour. In May in Tlaxcala, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will leave for Coatepec on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Tlaxcala

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Coatepec

Coatepec ©
On the 11th (Sat), examine the collection at Museo del Cafe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco, look for gifts at Los Milagros Galeria, then see the interesting displays at Museo de La Orquidea, and finally sample the fine beverages at Casa Bautista Galvez.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Coatepec trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Tlaxcala to Coatepec in 3 hours. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Boca del Rio.

Things to do in Coatepec

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de San Antonio de Huatusco
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Museo del Cafe ©
Museo del Cafe
Casa Bautista Galvez ©
Casa Bautista Galvez
Rancho La Canada Organic Coffee Farm ©

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Boca del Rio

Boca del Rio ©
To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Boca del Rio day trip site .

Traveling by car from Coatepec to Boca del Rio takes 2.5 hours. In May in Boca del Rio, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Boca del Rio

Fun & Games Shopping
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Alboa ©
Alboa

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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.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Yagul, then kick back and relax at Playa La Bocana, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Felipe Neri (Iglesia de San Felipe Neri). On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria de la Asuncion, then contemplate the long history of Convento de Cuilapam, and then admire the striking features of Basilica de la Soledad.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Oaxaca trip planner.

Drive from Boca del Rio to Oaxaca in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Boca del Rio in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Oaxaca, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yagul, Playa La Bocana, Santa Maria de la Asuncion
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Convento de Cuilapam ©
Convento de Cuilapam
Yagul ©
Yagul
San Felipe Neri Temple ©
San Felipe Neri Temple

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San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Get some historical perspective at Reserva Moxviquil and The Guadalupe Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de San Nicolas and Steps in San Cristobal. Take a break from San Cristobal de las Casas with a short trip to Chiflon Cascades in Tuxtla Gutierrez, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo del Carmen, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Museo de Trajes Regionales.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read San Cristobal de las Casas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Oaxaca in May; daily highs in San Cristobal de las Casas reach 41°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Villahermosa.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chiflon Cascades
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Steps in San Cristobal ©
Steps in San Cristobal
Iglesia de San Nicolas ©
Iglesia de San Nicolas
The Guadalupe Church ©
The Guadalupe Church

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Villahermosa

Villahermosa ©
Villahermosa is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Tabasco, and the municipal seat of the Centro municipality. On the 20th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Senor de Tabasco, then take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Carlos Pellicer, and then explore the ancient world of Comalcalco. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Museo de Historia Natural and then examine the collection at Drupa Museo Interactivo del Chocolate.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Villahermosa trip maker tool .

Getting from San Cristobal de las Casas to Villahermosa by car takes about 5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Villahermosa are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Campeche.

Things to do in Villahermosa

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drupa Museo Interactivo del Chocolate, Comalcalco
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Casa Museo Carlos Pellicer ©
Casa Museo Carlos Pellicer
Catedral del Senor de Tabasco ©
Catedral del Senor de Tabasco
Drupa Museo Interactivo del Chocolate ©

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Campeche

Campeche ©
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museo Becal, contemplate the long history of Sea Gate (Puerta del Mar), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Amurallada, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Roman. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Campeche Country Club.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Campeche trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Villahermosa to Campeche takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Villahermosa to Campeche is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Villahermosa in May: highs in Campeche hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

Sea Gate (Puerta del Mar)
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Iglesia de San Roman ©
Iglesia de San Roman
Museo Becal ©
Museo Becal

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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.
On the 23rd (Thu), examine the collection at Casa Museo Montes Molina.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Merida journey planner.

Drive from Campeche to Merida in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Izamal.

Things to do in Merida

Museums Spas Historic Sites
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Museo de Arte Popular ©
Museo de Arte Popular
Spas
Casa Museo Montes Molina ©
Casa Museo Montes Molina

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Izamal

Izamal
Izamal is a small city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, 72 km (about 40 miles) east of state capital Mérida, in southern Mexico.Izamal was continuously occupied throughout most of Mesoamerican chronology; in 2000, the city's estimated population was 15,000 people. To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Izamal journey planning site .

You can drive from Merida to Izamal in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Izamal are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will leave for Chichen Itza on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Izamal

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza day trip site .

You can drive from Izamal to Chichen Itza in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Izamal in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Chichen Itza: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 30°C at night. You will leave for Valladolid on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Tours
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Valladolid

Valladolid
One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo, examine the collection at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, then sample the fine beverages at Mayapan Traditional Agave Distillery, then Head underground at Zazil Tunich, and finally don't miss a visit to Palacio Municipal.

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Traveling by bus from Chichen Itza to Valladolid takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cancun.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature Tours
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Cancun

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Get a sense of the local culture at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Zona Arqueológica El Meco. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Chacmool. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Escenica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, and tee off at Playa Mujeres Golf Club.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Valladolid to Cancun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Valladolid in May, with highs in Cancun at 35°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Xcacel Beach ©
Xcacel Beach
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Playa Marlin ©
Playa Marlin

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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Isla Mujeres driving holiday planner.

Drive from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Historic Sites
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PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN ©
PARROQUIA INMACULADA CONCEPCIÓN
Guadalupe Chapel ©
Guadalupe Chapel

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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.
To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Sun Jaguar ©
Sun Jaguar
Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen ©

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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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum trip planner .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tulum are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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