24 days in North America Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly
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Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ajijic
— 2 nights
Drive
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Guadalajara
Fly
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Queretaro City
Drive
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San Miguel de Allende
— 1 night
Drive
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Guanajuato
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tulum
— 4 nights
Drive
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Merida
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mexico City

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Mexico City — 3 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. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and Santa Lucía Air Force Base / Felipe Angeles International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Puerto Vallarta.
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Puerto Vallarta — 4 nights

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo Corrientes to see Vallarta Botanical Gardens about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, examine the collection at 4D Art Museum, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta tour itinerary app.

Getting from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in December, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Guadalajara.
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Guadalajara — 2 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.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalajara Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Sacred Art, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo Sacramento, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu, and finally get to know the resident critters at Zoologico Guadalajara.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Guadalajara trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January; daily highs in Guadalajara reach 28°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ajijic.
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Ajijic — 2 nights

On the 5th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Malecon de Ajijic, gain insight at Santos Degollado Secondary School, and then get to know the fascinating history of Malecon de Chapala.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Ajijic trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Guadalajara to Ajijic takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Guadalajara.
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Guadalajara

Pearl of the West

Start your trip to Guadalajara by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Ajijic to Guadalajara in 1.5 hours. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to Queretaro City.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Queretaro City trip tool.

You can fly from Guadalajara to Queretaro City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.
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San Miguel de Allende — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende day trip planning site.

You can drive from Queretaro City to San Miguel de Allende in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in San Miguel de Allende sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Guanajuato.
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Guanajuato — 4 nights

Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Guanajuato spills over hilly terrain in central Mexico, luring visitors with its pleasant tree-shaded plazas and friendly sidewalk cafes.
Guanajuato is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera, make a trip to The Alley Of The Kiss, browse the exhibits of Museo Regional de Guanajuato Alhondiga de Granaditas, and go for a walk through Plaza de San Fernando.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Guanajuato sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Guanajuato takes an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Guanajuato can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly to Tulum.
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Tulum — 4 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen & Xcaret). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, look for gifts at La Llorona, Head underground at Gran Cenote, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Tulum trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Guanajuato to Tulum in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Guanajuato to Tulum, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Guanajuato in January, expect much hotter with lows of 22°C in Tulum. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Merida.
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Merida — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Merida: Iglesia San Antonio De Padua (in Ticul) and Zona Arqueologica Uxmal (in Uxmal). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral de Merida, get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional de Yucatán, Palacio Cantón, and explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Merida trip planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Merida in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Tulum, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Merida, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.
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Mexico City

City of Palaces

On the 18th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rectoria de Santo Domingo de Guzman, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then take a stroll through Coyoacan.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mexico City day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Merida to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Merida in January: highs in Mexico City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C.
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Guanajuato travel guide

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Granary of the Republic
With well over a third of its area suitable for agriculture, Guanajuato remains the "Granary of the Republic" as a major producer of corn, beans, sorghum, barley, and wheat. A tour of Guanajuato allows you to trace the "Bicentennial Route," originally followed by an insurgent army led by Miguel Hidalgo, one of the leaders of Mexican struggle for independence. Other popular things to do in Guanajuato include exploring historical haciendas and mines, attending local festivals, and visiting the state's thriving cities. Start in the World Heritage-listed eponymous capital, known for its cobblestoned streets, pleasant plazas, and unusual underground roadways.
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