32 days in Mexico Itinerary

32 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 4 nights
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San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
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Guadalajara
— 2 nights
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Puerto Vallarta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mazatlan
— 3 nights
Bus to Culiacán, Fly to Cabo San Lucas
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Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
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Acapulco
— 3 nights
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Cozumel
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza
— 3 nights
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Tulum
— 1 day
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Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately San Juan Teotihuacan away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary maker website.

Cairo, Egypt to Mexico City is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cairo to Mexico City, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mexico City, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

San Miguel de Allende

— 3 nights
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.
Saddle up on the 23rd (Thu) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, get engrossed in the history at Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora, and walk around El Charco del Ingenio.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Guadalajara.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Michin Guadalajara and then examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco and then pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalajara Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Guadalajara visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from San Miguel de Allende to Guadalajara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Guadalajara are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Puerto Vallarta

— 5 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. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, head outdoors with Bahía de Banderas, take in the dramatic natural features at Los Arcos de Mismaloya, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Guadalajara in December: highs in Puerto Vallarta hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Mazatlan

— 3 nights

Pacific Pearl

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Mazatlan is known for historic sites, adventure, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Olas Altas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to Malecon de Mazatlan, and visit Old Mazatlan.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mazatlan tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December, plan for little chillier nights in Mazatlan, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Cabo San Lucas

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte in San Jose del Cabo (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Luke, and go for a stroll along the water at Marina Cabo San Lucas.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mazatlan to Cabo San Lucas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. When traveling from Mazatlan in January, plan for little chillier days in Cabo San Lucas, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Acapulco.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

Acapulco

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): examine the collection at Fuerte De San Diego, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Alvarez, then admire the landmark architecture of Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace), and finally stroll through Playa Revolcadero. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then explore the striking landscape at La Quebrada.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Acapulco tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Acapulco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cabo San Lucas in January, with highs in Acapulco at 38°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cozumel.

Things to do in Acapulco

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Cozumel

— 2 nights
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get in on the family fun at Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park, get outside with Paradise Beach Cozumel, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Acapulco to Cozumel takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Acapulco to Cozumel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Acapulco in January, plan for slightly colder days in Cozumel, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Chichen Itza

— 3 nights
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Chinchorro Reef, then delve into the distant past at Kinichna Zona Arqueologica, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Chichen Itza in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Chichen Itza, with lows of 26°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Tulum

— 1 day
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site and then explore the gorgeous colors at Akumal Ecological Guides.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tulum trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chichen Itza in January; daily highs in Tulum reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.