20 days in Mexico Itinerary

20 days in Mexico Itinerary

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20 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  3​h
1
Morelia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Acapulco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Morelia
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  8​h
4
Isla Mujeres
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cancun
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Mexico City

6
nights
Morelia

Morelia ©
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Telares Uruapan and Centro Cultural Clavijero will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Antiguo Convento Franciscano De Santa Ana de Tzintzuntzan and Museo Mina Dos Estrellas. Get out of town with these interesting Morelia side-trips: National Museum of the Copper (in Santa Clara del Cobre), Patzcuaro (Templo de la Compania de Jesus & Santa Clara del Cobre) and Museo Ex Convento de San Agustin de San Pablo (in Yuriria). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo del Cobre, make a trip to The Aqueduct, gain insight at Planetario de Morelia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guadalupe Sanctuary.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Morelia day trip planner .

Mexico City to Morelia is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Morelia, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Acapulco.

Things to do in Morelia

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Patzcuaro, Museo Antiguo Convento Franciscano De Santa Ana de Tzintzuntzan, Museo Mina Dos Estrellas, Telares Uruapan, Museo del Cobre
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Museo Del Dulce ©
Museo Del Dulce
Centro Historico de Morelia ©
Centro Historico de Morelia
Catedral de Morelia ©
Catedral de Morelia

2
nights
Acapulco

Acapulco ©
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): kick back and relax at Barra Vieja Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Revolcadero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) and then see the interesting displays at Fuerte De San Diego.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Acapulco road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Morelia to Acapulco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Morelia in January, you will find days in Acapulco are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Morelia.

Things to do in Acapulco

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Fuerte De San Diego ©
Fuerte De San Diego
Barra Vieja Beach ©
Barra Vieja Beach
Playa Revolcadero ©
Playa Revolcadero

4
nights
Morelia

Morelia ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro de Interpretacion Ruta Don Vasco and Conservatorio de las Rosas. Let the collections at Museo de Celaya Historia Regional and Museo de las Momias de Celaya capture your imagination. Explore Morelia's surroundings by going to San Francisco Bola del Agua (in Celaya), House of Eleven Patios (Casa de los Once Patios) (in Patzcuaro) and Parque Nacional Barranca del Cupatitzio (in Uruapan). See some other sides of Morelia: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Natal de Morelos and ponder the design of Callejon del Romance.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Morelia journey app .

You can fly from Acapulco to Morelia in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Acapulco in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Morelia, with highs around 29°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Morelia

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Celaya, Patzcuaro, Parque Nacional Barranca del Cupatitzio
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Museo de Celaya Historia Regional ©
Museo de Celaya Historia Regional
Casa Natal de Morelos ©
Casa Natal de Morelos
Conservatorio de las Rosas ©
Conservatorio de las Rosas

2
nights
Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Punta Sur and Captain Dulche's Museum. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte, pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalupe Chapel, don't miss a visit to El Centro, and join in the after-dark buzz at Isla Brewing Company.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Isla Mujeres day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Morelia to Isla Mujeres in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Morelia to Isla Mujeres due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Morelia in January since evenings lows in Isla Mujeres dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Isla Brewing Company ©
Isla Brewing Company

3
nights
Cancun

Cancun ©
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.
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Mayan Museum of Cancun and Choco-Story Valladolid capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Akumal Beach (in Akumal) and 3D Museum of Wonders (in Playa del Carmen). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, and browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

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You can drive from Isla Mujeres to Cancun in 1.5 hours. January in Cancun sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Valladolid, Akumal Beach, 3D Museum of Wonders, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village