35 days in Mexico Itinerary

35 days in Mexico Itinerary

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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
+2
Bus + Taxi + 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 + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
7
Cozumel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Playa del Carmen
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Vancouver

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Mazatlan Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as Plaza Machado and El Faro Lighthouse are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Mazatlan, don't miss a visit to Malecon, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Jose Angel Espinoza Ferrusquilla, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mazatlan travel route planner.

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

Things to do in Mazatlan

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

4
nights
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 Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's lots more to do: get outside with Playa El Tecolote (Tecolote Beach), make a trip to Kiosco del Malecon, see the vivid underwater world at Neptune's Finger, and head off the coast to Isla Espiritu Santo.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip tool.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chileno Beach and Shark Diving. Relax by the water at Santa Maria Beach and Playa Los Cerritos. Change things up with a short trip to Old Town Gallery in San Jose del Cabo (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Amor, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cabo San Lucas when traveling from La Paz in January, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Los Cerritos, Old Town Gallery
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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.
Old Vallarta and Zona Romantica will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Marietas Islands. Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the exhibits of Mata Ortiz Art Gallery, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Huatulco.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Marietas Islands
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Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Swim with Dolphins

4
nights
Huatulco

Huatulco ©
A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Zicatela and Playa La Entrega. Step off the beaten path and head to Tangolunda Bay and Magic Falls. Explore Huatulco's surroundings by going to Santuario La Escobilla (in Mazunte) and Central Surf Shop (in Puerto Escondido). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa San Augustin, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and explore the activities along Buceo Scuba Huatulco.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Huatulco sightseeing planner.

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Huatulco in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, with highs in Huatulco at 36°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can 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, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then see the interesting displays at Oaxaca Textile Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Monte Alban. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Mercado Benito Juárez, explore the world behind art at Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art, and then don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca travel route planner.

You can fly from Huatulco to Oaxaca in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Huatulco in January, you will find days in Oaxaca are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are cooler (10°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums 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.
Relax by the water at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and Playa Palancar. Get a sense of the local culture at Jesus Es Rey and BALAM Art Painted on Feathers. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Columbia Reef, put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, and take in the dramatic natural features at Santa Rosa Wall.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel trip app.

Getting from Oaxaca to Cozumel by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cozumel, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ek Balam and Arte en Playa. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Chikin Ha. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Punta Sur (in Isla Mujeres), Aktun Chen (in Akumal) and Tulum (Gran Cenote, Art Gallery Miniature, &more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun and stroll through Xpu-ha Beach.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen by car takes about 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, Xpu-ha Beach, Punta Sur, Ek Balam
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours

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