17 days in Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Mexico Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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San Miguel de Allende
— 1 night
Drive
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San Luis Potosi
— 1 night
Fly
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Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tuxtla Gutierrez
Drive
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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 1 night
Drive
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Campeche
— 1 night
Drive
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Merida
— 1 night
Drive
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Valladolid
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tulum
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cancun
— 1 day
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Mexico City

— 2 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. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the galleries of Museo del Templo Mayor, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City online trip itinerary planner.

Rome, Italy to Mexico City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Rome to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rome in July; daily highs in Mexico City reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

San Miguel de Allende

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Allende holiday tool.

You can drive from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Mexico City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Miguel de Allende, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Luis Potosi.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 3:

San Luis Potosi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Regional Potosino and then see the interesting displays at Museo Laberinto.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Luis Potosi route planning tool.

Drive from San Miguel de Allende to San Luis Potosi in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in San Luis Potosi

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 4:

Oaxaca

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the galleries of Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, take in the exciting artwork at Nuun Espacio de Arte, then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C. and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oaxaca trip itinerary planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Luis Potosi to Oaxaca. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Tuxtla Gutierrez

Tuxtla Gutiérrez is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican southeast state of Chiapas. To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tuxtla Gutierrez day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Oaxaca to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Oaxaca in August: high temperatures in Tuxtla Gutierrez hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Tuxtla Gutierrez

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

San Cristobal de las Casas

— 1 night
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Cristobal de las Casas trip app.

Getting from Tuxtla Gutierrez to San Cristobal de las Casas by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel to Campeche.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

Campeche

— 1 night
Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Baluarte de San Carlos/Museo de la Ciudad and then steep yourself in history at Puerta de Tierra. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Campeche, and then don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural Casa No. 6.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Campeche tour planning tool.

You can drive from San Cristobal de las Casas to Campeche in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Campeche

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Merida

— 1 night
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
On the 9th (Mon), make a trip to Paseo de Montejo, then steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Grande, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Merida trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Campeche to Merida takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Merida are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Valladolid.

Things to do in Merida

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Valladolid

— 2 nights

Sultana of the East

One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Ek Balam and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Palacio Municipal, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, and finally explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Valladolid online attractions planner.

Drive from Merida to Valladolid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Merida in August since evenings lows in Valladolid dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Tulum.

Things to do in Valladolid

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Tulum

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
On the 12th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, find something for the whole family at Xcaret, and then admire the striking features of Sfer Ik Tulum.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by shuttle from Valladolid to Tulum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Tulum is slightly colder than Valladolid - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. You will leave for Cancun on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Tulum

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Cancun

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cancun road trip website.

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

San Luis Potosi travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Waterfalls · Gardens
Home to ancient cultures that inhabited modern-day Mexico long before the arrival of colonialists, the northern Mexican state of San Luis Potosi celebrates its rich history. Founded on the back of a gold rush in 1592, the state, and its capital city of the same name, enjoyed prosperity, which can still be seen in the striking colonial architecture on a San Luis Potosi itinerary. Situated between three of Mexico's biggest cities, the state holds an important place as one of the country's key trading routes. Most of the state sits on the Mexican plateau, with a tropial valley around the Tampaon River in the east.