40 days in Mexico & South Padre Island Itinerary

40 days in Mexico & South Padre Island Itinerary

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40 days in Mexico & South Padre Island Itinerary

Start: Aldie, United States
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
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Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Oaxaca, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Puebla, Mexico
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Celaya, Mexico
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
10
Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
Guanajuato, Mexico
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h
12
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Punta de Mita, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
14
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
15
South Padre Island, United States
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: Aldie, United States

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Cancun, Mexico

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Entertainment Plus, CARM Tours & Transfers and USA Transfers. On the 6th (Mon), get where you need to go with CARM Tours & Transfers and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines, then examine the collection at Mayan Museum of Cancun, and finally don't miss a visit to Av Kukulkan.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cancun day trip planning app .

Aldie, USA to Cancun is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Aldie in January: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 80°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Transportation
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Zipline
USA Transfers ©
USA Transfers
CARM Tours & Transfers ©
CARM Tours & Transfers

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nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Co.Cos Culinary School & Catering as well as PDC Kiteboarding School and Water Sports Center. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and look for gifts at Vidrio Soplado Mexicano.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Co.Cos Culinary School & Catering ©

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Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
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 12th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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Cozumel, Mexico

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel, explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): get outside with Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel day trip planner .

Getting from Tulum to Cozumel by car takes about 2.5 hours. January in Cozumel sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel ©
Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel

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nights
Oaxaca, Mexico

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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, sample the tasty concoctions at Oaxaca Brewing Company, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Cozumel to Oaxaca in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cozumel in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Oaxaca. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Puebla.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Tule Tree
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Basilica de la Soledad ©
Basilica de la Soledad

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Puebla, Mexico

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bazar los Sapos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puebla: Zona Arqueológica de Cholula (in San Pedro Cholula), Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala (in Tlaxcala) and Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra, admire the landmark architecture of La Compania Templo del Espiritu Santo, explore the world behind art at Museo Casa del Mendrugo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Museo Viviente.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Puebla trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Oaxaca to Puebla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Oaxaca in January, with highs in Puebla at 72°F and lows at 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a bus to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala, Tonantzintla
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Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra

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Mexico City, Mexico

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. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mexico City trip maker app .

You can take a bus from Puebla to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. January in Mexico City sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Celaya.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Celaya, Mexico

Celaya ©
Celaya is a city and its surrounding municipality in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, located in the southeast quadrant of the state. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll around Alameda Park, appreciate the history behind San Francisco Bola del Agua, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Celaya Historia Regional, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Carmen, and finally admire the natural beauty at Principal Garden.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Celaya online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mexico City to Celaya in 3.5 hours. In January in Celaya, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Celaya

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Alameda Park ©
Alameda Park
Principal Garden ©
Principal Garden
Temple of Carmen ©
Temple of Carmen

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende ©
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.
Fabrica La Aurora has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora, then stroll around El Charco del Ingenio, then take in the pleasant sights at El Mirador, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Canada de la Virgen, then engage your brain at Museo de Astronomia Prehispanica, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Planning San Miguel de Allende trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Celaya to San Miguel de Allende in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dolores Hidalgo.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Canada de la Virgen ©
Canada de la Virgen
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Charco del Ingenio ©
El Charco del Ingenio

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Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico

Dolores Hidalgo ©
On the 29th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Independence Museum, learn about winemaking at Vinedos Cuna de Tierra, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Jose Alfredo Jimenez, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Grito, and finally make a trip to Plaza Principal - Jardin del Grande Hidalgo.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dolores Hidalgo online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Dolores Hidalgo takes an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Dolores Hidalgo can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Guanajuato.

Things to do in Dolores Hidalgo

Museums Wineries Historic Sites
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Casa Museo Jose Alfredo Jimenez ©
Casa Museo Jose Alfredo Jimenez
Vinedos Cuna de Tierra ©
Vinedos Cuna de Tierra
Church of the Grito
Church of the Grito

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Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Guanajuato spills over hilly terrain in central Mexico, luring visitors with its pleasant tree-shaded plazas and friendly sidewalk cafes.
You've now added Juarez Theater (Teatro Juarez) to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera, get engrossed in the history at Alhondiga de Granaditas, then make a trip to Jardin de la Union, then catch a live performance at Juarez Theater (Teatro Juarez), and finally look for gifts at Dulceria La Catrina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): admire the striking features of University of Guanajuato and then appreciate the history behind Monumento al Pipila.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Guanajuato road trip planning website .

Getting from Dolores Hidalgo to Guanajuato by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in January, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Guanajuato

Museums Nightlife Shopping
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Alhondiga de Granaditas ©
Alhondiga de Granaditas
Juarez Theater (Teatro Juarez) ©
Juarez Theater (Teatro Juarez)

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Step out of Puerto Vallarta with an excursion to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes--about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, view the masterpieces at Galleria Dante, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta road trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Guanajuato to Puerto Vallarta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, Puerto Vallarta is a bit warmer than Guanajuato - with highs of 80°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Punta de Mita.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline
Food Tours

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Punta de Mita, Mexico

Punta de Mita ©
Human Connections has been added to your itinerary. On the 4th (Tue), tee off at Punta Mita Golf Course, play a few rounds at Litibu Golf Course, stop by Art in Amber, then gain insight with Human Connections, and finally hunt for treasures at La Cruz Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Punta de Mita trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Vallarta to Punta de Mita in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in February, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Punta de Mita

Tours Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Bucerias, La Cruz Market, Marietas Islands
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Human Connections ©
Human Connections
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Whale Shark Encounter by Cabo Adventures, Cabo Trek and Off-Road Tours. Step out of Cabo San Lucas to go to San Jose del Cabo and see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get a taste of life in the country at Cuadra San Francisco, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Punta de Mita to Cabo San Lucas. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Cuadra San Francisco
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Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
Cabo Trek ©
Cabo Trek
Fishing Charters & Tours

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South Padre Island, United States

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Get out of town with these interesting South Padre Island side-trips: Gladys Porter Zoo (in Brownsville) and Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum (in Harlingen). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island trip itinerary maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cabo San Lucas to South Padre Island. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to South Padre Island is 1 hour. In February, South Padre Island is slightly colder than Cabo San Lucas - with highs of 67°F and lows of 56°F. On the 14th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum, Gladys Porter Zoo, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
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Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum ©
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.

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