35 days in Mexico Itinerary

35 days in Mexico Itinerary

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35 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Mazatlan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
La Paz
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Cabo San Lucas
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Puerto Vallarta
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Huatulco
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Cozumel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Playa del Carmen
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaza Machado and Old Mazatlan. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mazatlan Cathedral and El Faro Lighthouse. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Luna: Arte Contemporaneo, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Jose Angel Espinoza Ferrusquilla.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mazatlan online trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Mazatlan is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in December, with highs in Mazatlan at 33°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Plaza Machado ©
Plaza Machado
Zipline
Mazatlan Cathedral ©
Mazatlan Cathedral

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Balandra Beach and Isla Espiritu Santo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Neptune's Finger. Next up on the itinerary: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de Antropologia e Historia de Baja California Sur, don't miss a visit to Malecon, and take a leisurely stroll along Playa El Tecolote (Tecolote Beach).

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Paz travel planner .

You can fly from Mazatlan to La Paz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in La Paz can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Neptune's Finger
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Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Bay of Cabo San Lucas. Get some cultural insight at Lighthouse of the False Cape (El Faro de Cabo Falso) and Old Town Gallery. Take a break from Cabo San Lucas with a short trip to Playa Los Cerritos in Todos Santos, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, go for a stroll along the water at Marina Cabo San Lucas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Amor, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Maria Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas travel route planner .

You can drive from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cabo San Lucas, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Old Town Gallery, Playa Los Cerritos
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Playa Los Cerritos ©
Playa Los Cerritos

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Vallarta and Zona Romantica. Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Sayulita) and Nuevo Vallarta Beach (in Nuevo Vallarta). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, shop like a local with Galeria de Arte Mata Ortiz, and step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta journey website .

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Vallarta can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Huatulco.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins

4
nights
Huatulco

Huatulco ©
A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Zicatela and Playa San Augustin. Step out of the city life by going to Playa La Entrega and Buceo Scuba Huatulco. Venture out of the city with trips to Santuario La Escobilla (in Mazunte) and Central Surf Shop (in Puerto Escondido). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Tangolunda Bay, and take in the dramatic scenery at Magic Falls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Huatulco trip builder tool .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Huatulco in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Huatulco: highs are around 36°C and lows about 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Huatulco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Escondido, Santuario La Escobilla
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Playa Zicatela ©
Playa Zicatela
Playa La Entrega ©
Playa La Entrega
Playa San Augustin ©
Playa San Augustin

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.
On the 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then see the interesting displays at Oaxaca Textile Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Monte Alban. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez, explore the world behind art at Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art, and then make a trip to Hierve el Agua.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oaxaca online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Huatulco to Oaxaca in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Huatulco in January, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Oaxaca: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

5
nights
Cozumel

Cozumel ©
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.
Visiting Palancar Reef and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jesus Es Rey and BALAM Art Painted on Feathers. The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa Rosa Wall, experience rural life at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, and kick back and relax at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel trip planner .

Getting from Oaxaca to Cozumel by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Oaxaca to Cozumel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oaxaca in January since evenings lows in Cozumel dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

5
nights
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Cenote Chaak Tun will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Ek Balam and Punta Sur are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Gran Cenote, MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, & more) and Aktun Chen (in Akumal). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Chikin Ha, take in the exciting artwork at Arte en Playa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Xpu-ha Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal, Ek Balam, Xpu-ha Beach, Punta Sur
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours

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