53 days in Mexico Itinerary

53 days in Mexico Itinerary

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53 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tijuana
1
Tijuana
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Puerto Penasco
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Hermosillo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Cerocahui
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Creel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Chihuahua
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Hidalgo del Parral
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
9
Durango
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
10
Pueblo Nuevo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Mazatlan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
12
Puerto Vallarta
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
13
Guadalajara
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
14
Morelia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
15
Ixtapa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
16
Acapulco
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
End: Yanhuitlan

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Tijuana

Tijuana is the largest city in Baja California and on the Baja California Peninsula and center of the Tijuana metropolitan area, part of the international San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area. On the 2nd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playas de Tijuana, see the interesting displays at Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT), and then make a trip to Mullme. On the next day, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then stop by Mercado Del Mar.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tijuana trip builder site.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiport is General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Penasco.

Things to do in Tijuana

Tours Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Rosarito
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Wine Tours & Tastings
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Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)
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Playas de Tijuana

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Puerto Penasco

Puerto Penasco ©
Puerto Peñasco is a city located in Puerto Peñasco Municipality in the northwest of the Mexican state of Sonora, about 100 km from the border with the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Encanto and Cholla Bay. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Jorge, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita Beach, stroll through El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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Traveling by car from Tijuana to Puerto Penasco takes 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tijuana to Puerto Penasco. When traveling from Tijuana in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Puerto Penasco: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 34°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hermosillo.

Things to do in Puerto Penasco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Encanto
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Old Port

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Hermosillo

Hermosillo ©
Hermosillo, formerly called Pitic is a city located centrally in the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral Metropolitana de Hermosillo and Musas Museo De Arte De Sonora. Change things up with a short trip to Bahia de Kino Adventures! in Bahia Kino (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Plaza Bicentenario, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Culturas Populares e Inda-genas de Sonora, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Gobierno Sonora, and get outside with Ecolorado.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hermosillo online day trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Penasco to Hermosillo in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Puerto Penasco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hermosillo, with highs around 46°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to San Carlos.

Things to do in Hermosillo

Outdoors Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Bahia de Kino Adventures!
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Galerias Mall
Cerro de la Campana ©
Cerro de la Campana
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Parque La Ruina

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San Carlos

San Carlos ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Mirador Escenico de San Carlos and Nacapule Canyon.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Carlos trip planner.

Drive from Hermosillo to San Carlos in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Hermosillo in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Carlos: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cerocahui.

Things to do in San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Delfinario Sonora
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Nacapule Canyon ©
Nacapule Canyon
Mirador Escenico de San Carlos ©
Mirador Escenico de San Carlos
Delfinario Sonora ©
Delfinario Sonora

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Cerocahui

Cerocahui ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get great views at Mirador del Cerro del Gallego and then admire the sheer force of Cascadas de Cerocahui.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cerocahui road trip planner.

Drive from San Carlos to Cerocahui in 12 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Creel.

Things to do in Cerocahui

Nature Parks
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Cascadas de Cerocahui ©
Cascadas de Cerocahui
Mirador del Cerro del Gallego ©
Mirador del Cerro del Gallego

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Creel

Creel ©
Creel is a town in the Sierra Tarahumara of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valley of the Monks and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from Creel with a short trip to Adventure Park Copper Canyon Divisadero in Divisadero, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Sierra Tarahumara, make a trip to Cristo Rey, take in the spiritual surroundings of Satevo Mission, and explore the activities along Lake Arareco.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Creel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cerocahui to Creel takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Chihuahua.

Things to do in Creel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Copper Canyon, Adventure Park Copper Canyon Divisadero
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Lake Arareco ©
Lake Arareco
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cascada Cusarare ©
Cascada Cusarare

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Chihuahua

Chihuahua ©
The city of Chihuahua is the state capital of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palacio del Gobierno and Iglesia de San Francisco. Explore Chihuahua's surroundings by going to Delicias (Parroquia del Santuario de Guadalupe & Museo del Disierto Chihuahuense) and Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia (in Cuauhtemoc). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural Universitario Quinta Gameros, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of the Mexican Revolution, walk around Arms Square, and engage your brain at Museo Semilla.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chihuahua journey builder.

Traveling by car from Creel to Chihuahua takes 4 hours. August in Chihuahua sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Hidalgo del Parral.

Things to do in Chihuahua

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Delicias, Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia, Palacio del Gobierno
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Hidalgo del Parral

Hidalgo del Parral ©
Hidalgo del Parral, is a city and seat of the municipality of Hidalgo del Parral in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo Mina la Prieta, get engrossed in the history at Palacio Alvarado, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Jose, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Identidad, and then look for gifts at Dulceria Gota de Miel.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hidalgo del Parral travel site.

Traveling by car from Chihuahua to Hidalgo del Parral takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Hidalgo del Parral

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Palacio Alvarado ©
Palacio Alvarado
Plaza de la Identidad ©
Plaza de la Identidad
Museo Mina la Prieta ©
Museo Mina la Prieta

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Durango

Durango ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo de Arte Sacro and Museo de Arte Funerario Benigno Montoya.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hidalgo del Parral to Durango takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. In August in Durango, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Pueblo Nuevo.

Things to do in Durango

Historic Sites Museums
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Calle Constitucion ©
Calle Constitucion
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Durango ©
Museo Tunel de Mineria ©
Museo Tunel de Mineria

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Pueblo Nuevo

Pueblo Nuevo ©
Pueblo Nuevo is a village in Pueblo Nuevo Municipality, Durango, Mexico.As of 2005, the village of Pueblo Nuevo which was the seat of government of the municipality before the 1920s had a total population of 2,837. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexiquillo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pueblo Nuevo road trip planning site.

Drive from Durango to Pueblo Nuevo in 3 hours. You'll set off for Mazatlan on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Pueblo Nuevo

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Mexiquillo ©
Mexiquillo

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Mazatlan

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.
On the 5th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acuario Mazatlan. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake El Salto, make a trip to Malecon, and then stroll through Playa Olas Altas.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mazatlan trip planner.

You can drive from Pueblo Nuevo to Mazatlan in 3 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pueblo Nuevo to Mazatlan due to the time zone difference. In September in Mazatlan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Acuario Mazatlan ©
Acuario Mazatlan
Malecon ©
Malecon
Mazatlan Cathedral ©
Mazatlan Cathedral

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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.
On the 8th (Tue), kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, and then head off the coast to Isla Cuale. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Los Muertos Pier, make a trip to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta online road trip planner.

Getting from Mazatlan to Puerto Vallarta by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September in Puerto Vallarta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline
Food Tours

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Acuario Michin Guadalajara and Guadalajara Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Parroquia Santiago Apostol in Tequila (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, make a trip to Calle Independencia, stroll around Parque Metropolitano, and pause for some photo ops at Minerva (La).

To see reviews and tourist information, read Guadalajara road trip planner.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, Guadalajara is little chillier than Puerto Vallarta - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Morelia.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independencia Avenue, Parroquia Santiago Apostol
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Acuario Michin Guadalajara ©
Acuario Michin Guadalajara
Guadalajara Cathedral ©
Guadalajara Cathedral
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas

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Morelia

Morelia ©
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): deepen your understanding at The Cultural House (Casa de Cultura), then deepen your understanding at Conservatorio de las Rosas, and then ponder the world of politics at Government Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Camecuaro, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de la Compania de Jesus, then look for gifts at Chocolate Supremo Joaquinita, and finally examine the collection at Museo Antiguo Convento Franciscano De Santa Ana de Tzintzuntzan.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Morelia driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Guadalajara to Morelia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Guadalajara in September, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Morelia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Ixtapa.

Things to do in Morelia

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trips

Patzcuaro, Lake Camecuaro, Museo Antiguo Convento Franciscano De Santa Ana de Tzintzuntzan
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Lake Camecuaro ©
Lake Camecuaro
Government Palace ©
Government Palace

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Ixtapa

Ixtapa ©
Ixtapa is a city in the municipality of Zihuatanejo de Azueta, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa) and Playa Vista Hermosa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ixtapa: La Chole Archeological Site (in Petatlan) and Playa Troncones (in Troncones). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa el Palmar, tee off at Campo de Golf Ixtapa, cool off at Delfiniti, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Coral.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ixtapa visit site.

Drive from Morelia to Ixtapa in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Morelia in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Ixtapa, with highs around 37°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Acapulco.

Things to do in Ixtapa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Chole Archeological Site, Playa Troncones
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Playa el Palmar ©
Playa el Palmar
Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa) ©
Ixtapa Island (Isla Ixtapa)
Delfiniti ©
Delfiniti

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Acapulco

Acapulco ©
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) and then kick back and relax at Barra Vieja Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Fuerte De San Diego, then take in the dramatic natural features at La Quebrada, and then get engrossed in the history at Acapulco Historical Museum of Fort San Diego.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Acapulco online trip builder.

Getting from Ixtapa to Acapulco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Acapulco are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Barra Vieja Beach ©
Barra Vieja Beach
La Quebrada ©
La Quebrada
Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) ©
Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace)