26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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26 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Cancun
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cozumel
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Merida
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Oaxaca
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Guadalajara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Morelia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Guanajuato
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Monterrey
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Cluj-Napoca


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3
nights
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.
Step out of Cancun with an excursion to Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines, and make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip planner.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Cancun is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Cancun. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Cluj-Napoca in November, with highs in Cancun at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quinta Avenida
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Swim with Dolphins
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

2
nights
Cozumel

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.
Cozumel is known for outdoors, parks, theme parks, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, delve into the distant past at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, get your game on at Clear Lounge Cozumel, and get in on the family fun at Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip app .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Cozumel takes 3 hours. In November in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Theme Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel ©
Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel

2
nights
Merida

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 8th (Fri), sample the fine beverages at Posheria Merida, then explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún, and then make a trip to Paseo de Montejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Merida Cathedral, examine the collection at Casa Museo Montes Molina, then examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento a la Patria.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Merida day trip planning tool .

Getting from Cozumel to Merida by combination of ferry and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cozumel in November: highs in Merida hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral
Posheria Merida ©
Posheria Merida

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
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. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Merida to Mexico City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Merida to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Merida in November, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
nights
Oaxaca

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, classes, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, make a trip to Zocalo, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Oaxaca Brewing Company.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Oaxaca online holiday maker .

Getting from Mexico City to Oaxaca by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Mexico City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Hierve el Agua ©
Hierve el Agua

2
nights
Guadalajara

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.
On the 17th (Sun), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Expiatory Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Guadalajara online attractions planner .

Getting from Oaxaca to Guadalajara by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in November, you will find days in Guadalajara are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Morelia.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Morelia

Morelia ©
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Morelia is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Morelia, make a trip to Museo Michoacano de las Artesanias en Exconvento de San Francisco, admire the natural beauty at Jardin de las Rosas, and admire the local landmark of Tarascas Fountain.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Morelia trip maker app .

You can drive from Guadalajara to Morelia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Guanajuato.

Things to do in Morelia

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Centro Historico de Morelia ©
Centro Historico de Morelia
Catedral de Morelia ©
Catedral de Morelia

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Pipila, examine the collection at Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Nepantla, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Guanajuato trip tool .

Drive from Morelia to Guanajuato in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Monterrey.

Things to do in Guanajuato

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trip

San Miguel de Allende
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Horseback Riding Tours
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora

2
nights
Monterrey

Monterrey ©
An industrial powerhouse and a major transportation hub close to the Texas border, Monterrey offers visitors a blend of culture, art, and history.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Gran Plaza o Macroplaza, stroll around Parque Fundidora, and then examine the collection at Museo del Acero Horno 3. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo de Santa Lucia, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MARCO), and then walk around Parque Ecologico Chipinque.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monterrey trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Guanajuato to Monterrey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterrey

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Parque Ecologico Chipinque ©
Parque Ecologico Chipinque
Parque Fundidora ©
Parque Fundidora
Paseo de Santa Lucia ©
Paseo de Santa Lucia

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