23 days in Mexico, Los Angeles & Palm Springs Itinerary

23 days in Mexico, Los Angeles & Palm Springs Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico, Los Angeles & Palm Springs Itinerary

Start: Berlin, Germany
Fly:  16​h 30​min
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Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Cancun, Mexico
— Few hours
3
Valladolid, Mexico
— 2 nights
4
Merida, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
5
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 5 nights
bus:  14​h 15​min
6
Mexico City, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Los Angeles, United States
— Few hours
bus:  3​h 30​min
8
Palm Springs, United States
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
9
Los Angeles, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Berlin, Germany

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Santa Monica Pier and Avila Adobe will appeal to history buffs. The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Berlin, Germany to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Los Angeles is minus 9 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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Cancun, Mexico

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), hunt for treasures at Mercado 28 and then delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip planning site .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Cancun in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, expect Cancun to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Cancun

Shopping Historic Sites
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Mercado 28 ©
Mercado 28
El Rey Archaeological Zone ©
El Rey Archaeological Zone

2
nights
Valladolid, Mexico

Valladolid ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to Palacio Municipal, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Ek Balam, then explore the ancient world of Ek Balam, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Servasio.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Valladolid driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Cancun in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Valladolid: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Merida.

Things to do in Valladolid

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Ek Balam ©
Ek Balam

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Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
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 5th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral, and then take in the exciting artwork at Nahualli Casa de los Artistas.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Merida road trip planner .

Drive from Valladolid to Merida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Valladolid in February since evenings lows in Merida dip to 22°C. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral
Mayapan Mayan Ruins ©
Mayapan Mayan Ruins
Casa Museo Montes Molina ©
Casa Museo Montes Molina

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tonina and Templo del Carmen. Get some cultural insight at Museo del Ambar and Templo de Santo Domingo. Explore San Cristobal de las Casas' surroundings by going to Agua Azul Waterfalls (in Palenque), Cascada El Chiflon (in Comitan) and Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero (in Chiapa de Corzo). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, look for gifts at Artisan2you, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Juan Bautista, and walk around Parque de la Marimba.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Cristobal de las Casas trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Merida to San Cristobal de las Casas by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Merida to San Cristobal de las Casas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. February in San Cristobal de las Casas sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Tonina, Cascada El Chiflon, Church of St. Juan Bautista, Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero
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Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Tonina ©
Tonina
Templo del Carmen ©
Templo del Carmen

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Templo Mayor. Your inner history buff will appreciate Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mexico City: Puebla (Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), Puebla Cathedra, & more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Cristobal de las Casas to Mexico City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, Mexico City is slightly colder than San Cristobal de las Casas - with highs of 28°C and lows of 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Puebla, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles
To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip maker app .

You can fly from Mexico City to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. You'll set off for Palm Springs on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Palm Springs, United States

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, then steep yourself in history at Indian Canyons, and finally hunt for treasures at VillageFest.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs online holiday planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, you will find days in Palm Springs are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). On the 20th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sunnylands Center & Gardens
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Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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night
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
On the 20th (Thu), get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles vacation maker website .

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in February, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Disney California Adventure Park
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Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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