26 days in Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Mexico Itinerary

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26 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Drive + Fly:  12​h
1
Oaxaca
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mexico City
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Guanajuato
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Chapala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Guadalajara
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Mazatlan
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
9
Cabo San Lucas
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Sacramento


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3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Yagul and Convento de Cuilapam are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina and Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C.. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de la Compania de Jesus, make a trip to Amate Books, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and view the masterpieces at Voces de Copal.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Oaxaca attractions planning tool .

Sacramento, USA to Oaxaca is an approximately 12-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sacramento to Oaxaca is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sacramento in March; daily highs in Oaxaca reach 88°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Yagul, Playa La Bocana
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Convento de Cuilapam ©
Convento de Cuilapam
Templo de la Compania de Jesus ©
Templo de la Compania de Jesus
Yagul ©
Yagul

5
nights
Mexico City

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 Trick Eye and Zona Arqueológica Cuicuilco. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zona Arqueologica Teotenango and Secret Convent of Santa Monica. Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to Catedral de Toluca (in Toluca), Templo de San Francisco (in Puebla) and Museo Nacional del Virreinato (in Tepotzotlan). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Square of the Three Cultures, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Juan Bautista, get lost in a book at Biblioteca Vasconcelos, and admire the striking features of Sagrario Metropolitano.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Oaxaca, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Puebla, Catedral de Toluca, Museo Nacional del Virreinato, Zona Arqueologica Teotenango
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Square of the Three Cultures ©
Square of the Three Cultures
Sagrario Metropolitano
Sagrario Metropolitano
Parroquia de San Juan Bautista ©
Parroquia de San Juan Bautista

2
nights
San Juan Teotihuacan

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Ex Convent of Acolman, don't miss a visit to Convento Agustino, then stop by Galeria Media Luna, then explore the ancient world of Teotihuacan Pyramids, and finally examine the collection at Museo De Los Murales Teotihuacanos - Beatriz de La Fuente. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Flying Pictures Mexico, delve into the distant past at Palacio de Tepantitla, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Manuel Gamio Centro de Estudios Teotihuacanos.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan Teotihuacan attractions tool .

Getting from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Guanajuato.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Galeria Media Luna, Convento Agustino, Ex Convent of Acolman
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Ex Convent of Acolman ©
Ex Convent of Acolman
Teotihuacan Pyramids ©
Teotihuacan Pyramids
Palacio de Tepantitla ©
Palacio de Tepantitla

2
nights
Guanajuato

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.
On the 13th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Grito, then see a world frozen in time at Pozos de Mineral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Parroquia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de San Francisco. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Dulceria La Catrina, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Diego, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Jesuit Order (Templo de la Compania de Jesus), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de Jesus Nazareno.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Guanajuato travel route planner.

You can drive from San Juan Teotihuacan to Guanajuato in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Guanajuato sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chapala.

Things to do in Guanajuato

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

La Parroquia, Templo de San Francisco, Santuario de Jesus Nazareno, Church of the Grito
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Pozos de Mineral ©
Pozos de Mineral
Church of the Grito
Church of the Grito
Iglesia de San Diego ©
Iglesia de San Diego

1
night
Chapala

Chapala ©
Chapala is a town and municipality in the central Mexican state of Jalisco, located on the north shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico's largest freshwater lake. On the 15th (Sun), sample the fine beverages at Casa tequila bonanza bar, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Chapala Plaza, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Diane Pearl Collecions, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Senor del Monte, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Andres Catholic Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chapala online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Guanajuato to Chapala takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in March, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Chapala

Historic Sites Spas Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ajijic, Parroquia Senor del Monte
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Parroquia de San Francisco ©
Parroquia de San Francisco
Parroquia Senor del Monte ©
Parroquia Senor del Monte
Casa tequila bonanza bar ©
Casa tequila bonanza bar

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica de San Juan de los Lagos and Santuario del Senor de la Misericordia. Get some historical perspective at Parish of St. Peter the Apostle and Templo de San Agustin. When in Guadalajara, make a side trip to see Parroquia Santiago Apostol in Tequila, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia La Luz del Mundo, pause for some photo ops at Escultura La Estampida, explore the world behind art at MUSA Museo de las Artes Universidad de Guadalajara, and examine the collection at Galeria Alejandro Calvillo.

Before you visit Guadalajara, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Chapala to Guadalajara in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in March, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Tlaquepaque, Parroquia Santiago Apostol, Basilica de San Juan de los Lagos, Santuario del Senor de la Misericordia
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Basilica de San Juan de los Lagos ©
Basilica de San Juan de los Lagos
Santuario del Senor de la Misericordia ©
Iglesia La Luz del Mundo ©
Iglesia La Luz del Mundo

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Old Vallarta and Galleria Dante are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Food Tours. Take a break from Puerto Vallarta with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Olas Altas, take a leisurely stroll along Los Muertos Pier, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Pages in the Sun.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Puerto Vallarta when traveling from Guadalajara in March, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta
El Centro ©
El Centro
Olas Altas ©
Olas Altas

2
nights
Mazatlan

Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then look for gifts at Casa Etnika, and then stroll through Playa Olas Altas. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Venados Baseball Club, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica de Mazatlan, and then take in the exciting artwork at Nidart.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mazatlan road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in March, expect little chillier with lows of 56°F in Mazatlan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nidart ©
Nidart
Casa Etnika ©
Casa Etnika

2
nights
Cabo San Lucas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Jose, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: put a fun spin on your tour with A-maze-in Cabo Race, then take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Solmar.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Mazatlan to Cabo San Lucas by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cabo San Lucas when traveling from Mazatlan in March, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Wildlife Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

San Jose del Cabo
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Parroquia San Jose ©
Parroquia San Jose
Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery ©
Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery

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