46 days in Mexico, Havana & Cayo Itinerary

46 days in Mexico, Havana & Cayo Itinerary

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 4 nights
Ferry to Punta Sam, Drive to Merida
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Merida, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive
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Valladolid, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly
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Havana, Cuba
— 6 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
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Drive to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, Fly to Angel Albino Corzo International Airport, Drive to San Cristobal de las Casas
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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 4 nights
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San Pedro Cholula, Mexico
— 2 nights
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 1 night
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Cuernavaca, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

— 4 nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Lancheros and Playa Norte. Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Punta Sur. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Captain Dulche's Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and don't miss a visit to Women's Beading Cooperative.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres trip itinerary planner.

Cancun to Isla Mujeres is an approximately 1.5-hour ferry ride. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Merida.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
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Merida, Mexico

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at Casa Museo Montes Molina, then examine the collection at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and then steep yourself in history at Hacienda Yaxcopoil. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Merida, browse the exhibits of La Sala Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Nahualli Casa de los Artistas, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote X Batun, and finally delve into the distant past at Mayapan Archaeological Zone.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Merida day trip site.

Getting from Isla Mujeres to Merida by combination of ferry and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Isla Mujeres in December, you will find days in Merida are a bit warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (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 · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Valladolid, Mexico

— 6 nights

Sultana of the East

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. Step out of the city life by going to Cenote Palomitas and Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ek Balam and X'Canche Cenote. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Suytun Cenote.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Valladolid trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Merida to Valladolid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Valladolid, with lows of 75°F. You will leave for Cancun on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Valladolid

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 29:

Cancun, Mexico

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo del Automovil Antiguo del Sureste.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun journey planning website.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cancun

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Havana, Cuba

— 6 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi and Lolo Galeria-Taller. Head to Espacio de Arte Triana & Usich and La Marcafor plenty of shopping. Explore Havana's surroundings by going to Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar & Pharmaceutical Museum) and Las Terrazas Complex (in Las Terrazas). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at El Morro, get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Maria del Mar, and don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Havana trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to Havana takes 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cancun in December since evenings lows in Havana dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Havana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:

Cancun, Mexico

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun attractions tool.

Fly from Havana to Cancun in 4.5 hours. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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Tulum, Mexico

— 2 nights
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 Tulum Archaeological Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Miniature.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Cayo, Belize

— 5 nights
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Explore hidden gems such as Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and Mayflower Bocawina National Park. Get in touch with nature at Half Moon Caye National Monument and Green Hills Butterfly Ranch. Go for a jaunt from Cayo to La Democracia to see The Belize Zoo about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project, take in the dramatic scenery at Big Rock Falls, look for gifts at The Orange Gallery, and learn more about the world around you at Chaa Creek Natural History Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cayo vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cayo takes 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Cayo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

— 3 nights
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Templo de Santo Domingo and Museo del Ambar, Lilia Mijangos. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de San Cristobal Martir and Iglesia de San Nicolas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Cristobal de las Casas: Cascada El Chiflon (in Comitan) and Museo del Cafe (in Tuxtla Gutierrez). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo del Carmen, explore the galleries of Foro Cultural Kinoki, pick up some new knowledge with Enzue, and view the masterpieces at Arteria Chiapas.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Cristobal de las Casas online visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cayo to San Cristobal de las Casas. Traveling from Cayo in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Cristobal de las Casas, with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Oaxaca, Mexico

— 4 nights
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 get to explore Monte Alban and Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C.. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art. When in Oaxaca, make a side trip to see Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles in San Martin Tilcajete, approximately San Martin Tilcajete away. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Aripo INSTITUTO OAXAQUEÑO DE LAS ARTESANÍAS., look for gifts at Huizache - Arte Vivo de Oaxaca, hunt for treasures at Mercado 20 de Noviembre, and explore the galleries of Galeria Arte de Oaxaca.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Oaxaca day trip planning site.

You can fly from San Cristobal de las Casas to Oaxaca in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Oaxaca, with lows around 48°F. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Pedro Cholula.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

San Pedro Cholula, Mexico

— 2 nights
Head to La monarca and Cosme del Razo Municipal Marketfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Zona Arqueológica de Cholula and Templo San Francisco Acatepec are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Pedro Cholula: Paso de Cortes (in Amecameca) and Tlaxcala (Paseo en Tranvia & Palacio de gobierno de Tlaxcala).

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro Cholula route planner.

You can drive from Oaxaca to San Pedro Cholula in 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in San Pedro Cholula

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

— 1 night
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): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fabrica La Aurora, examine the collection at Casa Museo Jose Alfredo Jimenez, and then learn about winemaking at Vinedos Cuna de Tierra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then browse the exhibits of Mr Poster, then stop by Abrazos San Miguel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende trip builder site.

Traveling by car from San Pedro Cholula to San Miguel de Allende takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. January in San Miguel de Allende sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 46°F at night. 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 · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Cuernavaca, Mexico

— 2 nights
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. On the 26th (Sat), explore the galleries of Palacio de Cortes, get engrossed in the history at Robert Brady Museum, then browse the different shops at Galerias Cuernavaca, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Luis Mario Schneider. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tepozteco, pick up some local products at Mercado, and then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cuernavaca trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Cuernavaca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 55°F in Cuernavaca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stop by La Condesa, take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Polanco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo, and finally stop by Coyoacan.

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Traveling by car from Cuernavaca to Mexico City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cuernavaca in January, expect Mexico City to be a bit cooler, temps between 69°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.