46 days in Mexico, Havana & Cayo Itinerary

46 days in Mexico, Havana & Cayo Itinerary

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46 days in Mexico, Havana & Cayo Itinerary

Start: Cancun, Mexico
Drive:  45​min
1
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 4 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Merida, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Valladolid, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Havana, Cuba
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
8
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
9
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Oaxaca, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
11
San Pedro Cholula, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
12
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
13
Cuernavaca, Mexico
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
14
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
End: Mexico City, Mexico

4
nights
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Sur and Playa Lancheros. Get in touch with nature at Playa Norte and El Farito. There's much more to do: stop by Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, cast your line with a fishing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres online holiday planner .

Cancun to Isla Mujeres is an approximately 1-hour combination of taxi and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Isla Mujeres sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Valladolid.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Playa Lancheros ©
Playa Lancheros

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nights
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 21st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and finally steep yourself in history at Hacienda Yaxcopoil. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Merida Cathedral, shop like a local with La Sala Art&Design Gallery, shop like a local with Nahualli Casa de los Artistas, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote X Batun, and finally explore the ancient world of Mayapan Mayan Ruins.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Merida day trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Merida in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Isla Mujeres in December: highs in Merida hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Valladolid.

Things to do in Merida

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Hacienda Yaxcopoil
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Nahualli Casa de los Artistas ©
Nahualli Casa de los Artistas
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya ©
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Convent of San Bernardino of Siena as well as Chichen Itza. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza and then head outdoors with Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Cenote Palomitas, delve into the distant past at Ek Balam, and then explore the striking landscape at X'Canche Cenote.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Valladolid sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Isla Mujeres to Valladolid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Valladolid are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Valladolid

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ek Balam Village, Chichen Itza
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Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Convent of San Bernardino of Siena ©
Convent of San Bernardino of Siena

1
night
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.
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Traveling by car from Valladolid to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Valladolid in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 70°F in Cancun. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cancun

Museums
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6
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Take a break from the city and head to Playas de Este and Las Terrazas Complex. Museum-lovers will get to explore Lolo Galeria-Taller and La Marca. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Havana: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar & Pharmaceutical Museum). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, steep yourself in history at El Morro, take in the exciting artwork at Taller de Serigrafia Rene Portocarrero, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Havana tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to Havana takes 4 hours. Traveling from Cancun in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Havana, with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Havana

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Matanzas, Las Terrazas Complex
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Lolo Galeria-Taller ©
Lolo Galeria-Taller
El Morro ©
El Morro
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana

1
night
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun tour planning website .

You can fly from Havana to Cancun in 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Historic Sites
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Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

2
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers and then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum online journey builder .

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Tulum, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach
Climbing Tours

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nights
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tanah Mayan Art Museum and Chaa Creek Natural History Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Green Iguana Conservation Project and The Belize Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Cayo: Half Moon Caye National Monument (in Glovers Reef Atoll) and Mayflower Bocawina National Park (in Silk Grass). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Xunantunich, take in the dramatic scenery at Rio On Pools, stop by The Orange Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cayo trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Tulum to Cayo with the Route module. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mayflower Bocawina National Park, The Belize Zoo, Half Moon Caye National Monument
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Rio On Pools ©
Rio On Pools
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Half Moon Caye National Monument ©
Half Moon Caye National Monument

3
nights
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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Arteria Chiapas and Foro Cultural Kinoki. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Enzue, Open Art Studio and Bazarte - Vistiendo Arte Con História. Explore San Cristobal de las Casas' surroundings by going to Museo del Cafe de Chiapas (in Tuxtla Gutierrez) and Cascada El Chiflon (in Comitan). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Templo de Santo Domingo, head outdoors with Grutas de Rancho Nuevo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Jtatik Samuel, and explore the ancient world of Reserva Moxviquil.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Cristobal de las Casas trip maker app .

Explore your travel options from Cayo to San Cristobal de las Casas with the Route module. Traveling from Cayo in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 62°F in San Cristobal de las Casas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascada El Chiflon, Museo del Cafe de Chiapas
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Cascada El Chiflon ©
Cascada El Chiflon
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas ©

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nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Monte Alban and Galeria Arte de Oaxaca. Visit Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Basilica de la Soledad for their historical value. Take a break from Oaxaca with a short trip to Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles in San Martin Tilcajete, about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Huizache - Arte Vivo de Oaxaca, take in the exciting artwork at Aripo INSTITUTO OAXAQUEÑO DE LAS ARTESANÍAS., get outside with The Water Boils, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C..

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oaxaca journey planner .

Getting from San Cristobal de las Casas to Oaxaca by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier evenings in Oaxaca when traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in January, with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to San Pedro Cholula.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles
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Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman

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nights
San Pedro Cholula, Mexico

San Pedro Cholula ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Templo San Francisco Acatepec and Parroquia de San Andres Cholula. Museum-lovers will get to explore Palacio de gobierno de Tlaxcala and Museo de Sitio de Cholula. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Pedro Cholula: Paso de Cortes (in Amecameca) and Paseo en Tranvia (in Tlaxcala).

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro Cholula trip planner .

Getting from Oaxaca to San Pedro Cholula by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, things will get slightly colder in San Pedro Cholula: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in San Pedro Cholula

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Tlaxcala, Kabah, Paso de Cortes
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Ex-Convento de San Gabriel ©
Ex-Convento de San Gabriel
Zona Arqueológica de Cholula ©
Zona Arqueológica de Cholula
Templo San Francisco Acatepec ©
Templo San Francisco Acatepec

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night
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende ©
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Jose Alfredo Jimenez, and then learn about winemaking at Vinedos Cuna de Tierra. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the exciting artwork at Mr Poster, then stop by Abrazos San Miguel, and finally admire the striking features of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende trip planner.

Drive from San Pedro Cholula to San Miguel de Allende in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daily temperatures in San Miguel de Allende can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Spas

Side Trip

Dolores Hidalgo
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Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
Casa Museo Jose Alfredo Jimenez ©
Casa Museo Jose Alfredo Jimenez

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Cuernavaca, Mexico

Cuernavaca ©
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Cortes, then explore the galleries of Robert Brady Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Galerias Cuernavaca, and finally examine the collection at Museo Luis Mario Schneider. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tepozteco, browse the different shops at Mercado, and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cuernavaca trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Cuernavaca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in January, Cuernavaca is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Tepoztlan, Museo Luis Mario Schneider
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Robert Brady Museum ©
Robert Brady Museum
Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco ©
Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco
Palacio de Cortes ©
Palacio de Cortes

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take a stroll through La Condesa, then delve into the lush surroundings at Chapultepec Park, and then take a stroll through Polanco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology, then examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum, and finally wander the streets of Coyoacan.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Mexico City travel route planner.

You can drive from Cuernavaca to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cuernavaca in January; daily highs in Mexico City reach 69°F and lows reach 44°F. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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