20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

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20 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Puebla
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
4
San Cristobal de las Casas
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 45 min
5
Chihuahua
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Creel
— 1 night
Drive:  10 h 15 min
7
Los Mochis
— 1 day
Drive:  9 h 45 min
8
La Paz
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
9
Mazatlan
— Few hours
Drive:  5 h 30 min
10
Guadalajara
— 1 night
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Sao Paulo

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo, and head outdoors with Ride MB.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mexico City tour itinerary builder .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Mexico City is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Central Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in March, things will get a bit cooler in Mexico City: highs are around 28°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

1
day
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.
On the 31st (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, and then wander the streets of Zocalo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puebla online trip planner .

Take a bus from Mexico City to Puebla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In March in Puebla, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Zocalo ©
Zocalo
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales ©
Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales

2
nights
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.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, classes, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Monte Alban, admire the natural beauty at Ethnobotanical Garden, make a trip to Zocalo, and examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip planner .

Traveling by car from Puebla to Oaxaca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Puebla in April: high temperatures in Oaxaca hover around 39°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua

4
nights
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Cristobal de las Casas: Cascada El Chiflon (in Comitan), Agua Azul Waterfalls (in Palenque) and Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero (in Chiapa de Corzo). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Templo de Santo Domingo, don't miss a visit to Chiapa de Corzo, stroll around Parque, and explore the galleries of Arteria Chiapas.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Cristobal de las Casas trip website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in San Cristobal de las Casas. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chihuahua.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Agua Azul Waterfalls, Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero, Chiapa de Corzo, Cascada El Chiflon
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Cascada El Chiflon ©
Cascada El Chiflon
Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero

1
night
Chihuahua

Chihuahua ©
The city of Chihuahua is the state capital of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. On the 9th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural Universitario Quinta Gameros.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Chihuahua tour planner.

Explore your travel options from San Cristobal de las Casas to Chihuahua with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in April; daily highs in Chihuahua reach 34°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Creel.
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1
night
Creel

Creel
Creel is a town in the Sierra Tarahumara of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Creel online trip builder .

Drive from Chihuahua to Creel in 4 hours. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Los Mochis.

Things to do in Creel

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
day
Los Mochis

Los Mochis ©
Los Mochis is a coastal city in northern Sinaloa, Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Parque Sinaloa and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Benjamin Francis Johnston.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Mochis trip builder .

You can drive from Creel to Los Mochis in 10.5 hours. In April in Los Mochis, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Los Mochis

Parks
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Parque Sinaloa ©
Parque Sinaloa

3
nights
La Paz

La Paz ©
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
La Paz is known for wildlife, beaches, adventure, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Isla Espiritu Santo, don't miss a visit to Malecon, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and stop by Casa Parra Gallery.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Paz trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Los Mochis to La Paz in 10 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Isla Espiritu Santo ©
Isla Espiritu Santo
Fishing Charters & Tours
Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach

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hours
Mazatlan

Mazatlan
Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mazatlan trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Mazatlan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from La Paz in April, you will find days in Mazatlan are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). You'll set off for Guadalajara on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors Tours Parks
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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Guadalajara online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Mazatlan to Guadalajara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mazatlan to Guadalajara. Traveling from Mazatlan in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Guadalajara, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Museums Fun & Games
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Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Room Escape Games

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