42 days in Mexico & San Jose Itinerary

42 days in Mexico & San Jose Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Queretaro City, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Guadalajara, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 day
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 10 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mexico City: Puebla (Estrella de Puebla, Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Museo Soumaya, admire the striking features of Palacio Postal, and stop by La Plateria del Mercado.

Plan trip to Mexico City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Mexico City are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Queretaro City.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Puebla
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario)
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Walking tours

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Queretaro City, Mexico

Queretaro City ©
With a World Heritage-listed town center, Queretaro offers plenty of colonial charm appealing to visitors looking to add a bit of history and culture to their vacation.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of El Jardin, then admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, and then stroll around El Charco del Ingenio. On the next day, don't miss a visit to El Acueducto De Queretaro, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then test your problem-solving skills at Team Escape Queretaro.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Queretaro City day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Queretaro City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

San Miguel de Allende
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Team Escape Queretaro ©
Team Escape Queretaro
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

4
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Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara ©
One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ajijic (San Andres Catholic Church & Ajijic Malecon) and Guachimontones (in Teuchitlan). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aranzazu Temple, meet the residents at Zoologico Guadalajara, and appreciate the history behind Basilica de Zapopan.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Guadalajara road trip planner.

You can drive from Queretaro City to Guadalajara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ajijic, Santuario de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, Guachimontones
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Guadalajara Cathedral ©
Guadalajara Cathedral
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple

5
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cabo San Lucas side-trips: San Jose del Cabo (Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte, Bonanza Horseback Riding, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, view the masterpieces at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take in the waterfront activity at Medano Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas tour builder site.

Traveling by flight from Guadalajara to Cabo San Lucas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Guadalajara in January, Cabo San Lucas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

San Jose del Cabo
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Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery ©
Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Zocalo, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Mexico City attractions planner.

Getting from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in January, things will get little chillier in Mexico City: highs are around 24°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo
Zocalo
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, delve into the distant past at Monte Alban, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ethnobotanical Garden.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Oaxaca in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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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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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Choco-Story Valladolid (in Valladolid), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Akumal (Akumal Beach & Galeria Lamanai). There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado 28, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cancun route planner.

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Cancun takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cancun, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Akumal, Choco-Story Valladolid, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Zipline
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Swim with Dolphins

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San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: The Ark Herb Farm (in Santa Barbara), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Zipline, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to San Jose takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, The Ark Herb Farm, Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, Tarcoles Bridge, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
Find places to stay Jan 22 — Feb 2:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Carpe Chepe ©
Carpe Chepe

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Cancun, Mexico

See some other sides of Cancun: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cancun trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from San Jose to Cancun by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Zipline
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
On the 5th (Fri), examine the collection at Galeria de la Shcp, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, then delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and finally stroll around Alameda Central. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and then wander the streets of Coyoacan.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Cancun to Mexico City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Cancun in February, plan for little chillier days in Mexico City, with highs around 28°C, while nights are colder with lows around 10°C.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor
Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe ©
Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe
National Palace (Palacio Nacional) ©
National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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