23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  27 h
1
Puerto Vallarta
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
San Blas
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Mazatlan
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
5
Ensenada
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  37 h
End: Johannesburg

7
nights
Puerto Vallarta

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 discover tucked-away gems like Playa de los Muertos and El Faro Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Vallarta: Cabo Corrientes (Vallarta Botanical Gardens & Playa Las Animas). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk, take in the pleasant sights at Malecon, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary maker .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In April, Puerto Vallarta is a bit warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to San Blas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Cabo Corrientes
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Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Food Tours
Zipline

1
day
San Blas

San Blas ©
San Blas is both a municipality and municipal seat located on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Nayarit.CitySan Blas is a port and a popular tourist destination, located about 160km north of Puerto Vallarta, and 64km west of the state capital Tepic. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Contaduria and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Las Islitas.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Blas trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Puerto Vallarta to San Blas takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in San Blas

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Las Islitas ©
Las Islitas
Contaduria ©
Contaduria

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Old Mazatlan. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, stop by Casa Etnika, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Mujer Mazalteca, and get great views at El Mirador.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mazatlan holiday planner.

You can drive from San Blas to Mazatlan in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mazatlan when traveling from San Blas in April, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors Golf Tours
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Stone Island (Isla de las Piedras) ©
Stone Island (Isla de las Piedras)
Zipline
Mazatlan Cathedral ©
Mazatlan Cathedral

5
nights
Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Maria Beach and San Jose del Cabo Church. Change things up with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in San Jose del Cabo (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End), stop by Arte de Origen, explore the activities along Bay of Cabo San Lucas, and enjoy some diversion at Wild Canyon Adventures.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Mazatlan to Cabo San Lucas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mazatlan in April, Cabo San Lucas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Ensenada.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

San Jose del Cabo
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Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Cabo Sailing Ocean Adventures ©
Cabo Sailing Ocean Adventures

3
nights
Ensenada

Ensenada ©
Ensenada is a coastal city in Mexico, the third-largest in Baja California. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Bazar Casa Ramirez, then get interesting insight from Tours, then meet the residents at Acuario Oceanico, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at La Lobera.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ensenada trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Cabo San Lucas to Ensenada with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Ensenada is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in April, expect Ensenada to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ensenada

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Xecue Vinicola
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Xecue Vinicola ©
Xecue Vinicola
Zipline
La Lobera ©
La Lobera

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