14 days in Southern Mexico Itinerary

14 days in Southern Mexico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern Mexico trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Villahermosa, Taxi to Palenque
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Palenque
— 3 nights
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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 2 nights
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Oaxaca
— 4 nights
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Huatulco
— 3 nights
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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: make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Misol-Ha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Palenque online day trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Palenque is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
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San Cristobal de las Casas

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Cristobal Martir, then see the interesting displays at Templo de Santo Domingo, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Steps in San Cristobal and then take in breathtaking views at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero.

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Traveling by shuttle from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. February in San Cristobal de las Casas sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Oaxaca.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Oaxaca

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Oaxaca to Teotitlan del Valle to see Isaac Vasquez Studio about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua, examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from San Cristobal de las Casas to Oaxaca takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in February since evenings lows in Oaxaca dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Huatulco.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Huatulco

— 3 nights
A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Entrega and then contemplate the waterfront views at Buceo Scuba Huatulco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with Fishing With Tico Huatulco and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia de Cacaluta.

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Getting from Oaxaca to Huatulco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in February, expect much warmer with lows of 26°C in Huatulco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Huatulco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Southern Mexico travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Waterfalls
Home to the mighty Maya civilization before the arrival of medieval Europeans, Southern Mexico most notably includes the Yucatan Peninsula, one of the country's richest regions in terms of history and culture. Tours of Southern Mexico appeal to everyone from history and architecture buffs, to avid photographers and hedonists in search of that perfect seaside spot. A long coastline dotted with modern resorts remains the epicenter of Southern Mexico tourism, offering travelers a chance to blend water sports with culturally enriching visitors to a slew of Maya-related ruins. To get the best of both worlds, include Cancun and Tulum on your Southern Mexico itinerary, and then split your time between sightseeing historical sites and soaking up some Caribbean sunshine.