40 days in Mexico & South Padre Island Itinerary

40 days in Mexico & South Padre Island Itinerary

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Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Puebla, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Celaya, Mexico
— 1 day
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico
— 1 night
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Guanajuato, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Punta de Mita, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 4 nights
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South Padre Island, United States
— 3 nights

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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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): catch a ride with CARM Tours & Transfers and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, then kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, then see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun trip maker website.

Aldie, USA to Cancun is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. Prepare for much hotter 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) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Transportation
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Zipline
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
USA Transfers ©
USA Transfers

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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. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, stop by Vidrio Soplado Mexicano, explore the fascinating underground world of Rio Secreto, and see Off-Road Tours.

Plan a Playa del Carmen trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Co.Cos Culinary School & Catering ©
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): explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tulum road trip site.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Tulum sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel 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.
On the 14th (Tue), head outdoors with Paradise Beach Cozumel, see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef, and then partake in some friendly competition at The Amazing Cozumel Race. On your second day here, get outside with Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cozumel trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time 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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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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, take in the exciting artwork at Voces de Copal, explore the ancient world of Monte Alban, and make a trip to Hierve el Agua.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Oaxaca online route maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Cozumel to Oaxaca in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Oaxaca. Traveling from Cozumel in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Oaxaca, with lows of 48°F. 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
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption ©
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption

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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.
Bazar los Sapos has been added to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puebla: Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula), Zona Arqueológica de Cholula (in San Pedro Cholula) and Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala (in Tlaxcala). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), pause for some serene contemplation at La Compania Templo del Espiritu Santo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Internacional del Barroco, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Museo Viviente.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Puebla online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Oaxaca to Puebla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Oaxaca in January: high temperatures in Puebla hover around 72°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and make a trip to Zocalo.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mexico City travel route tool.

Getting from Puebla to Mexico City by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish 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
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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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. On the 26th (Sun), walk around Alameda Park, appreciate the history behind San Francisco Bola del Agua, see the interesting displays at Museo de Celaya Historia Regional, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Carmen, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Principal Garden.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Celaya vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Celaya takes 3.5 hours. January in Celaya sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Celaya

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

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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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fabrica La Aurora, walk around El Charco del Ingenio, then go for a walk through El Mirador, and finally don't miss a visit to El Jardin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Canada de la Virgen, look and learn at Museo de Astronomia Prehispanica, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende trip planner.

Traveling by car from Celaya to San Miguel de Allende takes 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
El Charco del Ingenio ©
El Charco del Ingenio
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

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Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico

Dolores Hidalgo ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Independence Museum, do a tasting at Vinedos Cuna de Tierra, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Jose Alfredo Jimenez, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Grito, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Principal - Jardin del Grande Hidalgo.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dolores Hidalgo day trip planning tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to 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
Church of the Grito
Church of the Grito
Vinedos Cuna de Tierra ©
Vinedos Cuna de Tierra

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Juarez Theater (Teatro Juarez). 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, don't miss a visit to Jardin de la Union, then catch a live performance at Juarez Theater (Teatro Juarez), and finally look for gifts at Dulceria La Catrina. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of University of Guanajuato and then appreciate the history behind Monumento al Pipila.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Guanajuato vacation planner.

You can drive from Dolores Hidalgo to Guanajuato in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in January, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Guanajuato

Museums · Nightlife · Shopping
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Alhondiga de Granaditas ©
Alhondiga de Granaditas
Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera ©
Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera
Jardin de la Union ©
Jardin de la Union

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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.
When in Puerto Vallarta, make a side trip to see Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, approximately Cabo Corrientes away. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica.

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

Fly from Guanajuato to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Guanajuato in January, things will get a bit warmer in Puerto Vallarta: highs are around 80°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to 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
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Vallarta Botanical Gardens ©
Vallarta Botanical Gardens

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Punta de Mita, Mexico

Punta de Mita ©
You've now added Human Connections to your itinerary. On the 4th (Tue), tee off at Punta Mita Golf Course, tee off at Litibu Golf Course, stop by Art in Amber, then gain insight with Human Connections, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at La Cruz Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Punta de Mita trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Puerto Vallarta to Punta de Mita in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Punta de Mita can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 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. When in Cabo San Lucas, make a side trip to see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in San Jose del Cabo, approximately San Jose del Cabo away. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Punta de Mita to Cabo San Lucas. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Punta de Mita to Cabo San Lucas. 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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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from South Padre Island: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum (in Harlingen) and Gladys Porter Zoo (in Brownsville). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, trot along with a tour on horseback, observe the fascinating underwater world at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip maker website.

Explore your travel options from Cabo San Lucas to South Padre Island with the Route module. The time zone changes from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cabo San Lucas in February; daily highs in South Padre Island reach 67°F and lows reach 56°F. On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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

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