19 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

19 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Mexico and Gulf Coast trip itinerary planner

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Mexico City
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Puebla
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
Fly
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Morelia
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ciudad Valles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zacatecas
— 2 nights
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Mexico City

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City tour planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Mexico City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Mexico City. When traveling from Amsterdam in November, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:

Puebla

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Step out of Puebla to go to San Andres Cholula and see Tonantzintla, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), take a stroll through Zocalo, examine the collection at Museo Amparo, and get to know the resident critters at Africam Safari.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puebla journey builder website.

Traveling by shuttle from Mexico City to Puebla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Puebla sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

San Juan Teotihuacan

— 1 night
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.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan Teotihuacan online tour planner.

You can drive from Puebla to San Juan Teotihuacan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Morelia.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

Morelia

— 2 nights
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. On the 1st (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Morelia and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Morelia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Museo Michoacano de las Artesanias and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de Guadalupe y Exconvento de San Diego.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Morelia trip planner.

You can fly from San Juan Teotihuacan to Morelia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Morelia are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Morelia

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

San Miguel de Allende

— 3 nights
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.
San Miguel de Allende is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, make a trip to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Morelia to San Miguel de Allende in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. December in San Miguel de Allende sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ciudad Valles.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:

Ciudad Valles

— 2 nights
Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get outside with MS Xpediciones and then admire the sheer force of Huasteca Potosina. On the next day, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ciudad Valles day trip planning website.

You can drive from San Miguel de Allende to Ciudad Valles in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Zacatecas.

Things to do in Ciudad Valles

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Zacatecas

— 2 nights

Quarry City

Beautifully preserved architecture and a refreshing lack of mass tourism remain among the main reasons to take a trip to Zacatecas, a colonial-era city at the heart of Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): go deep underground at Mina El Eden and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Guadalupe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at Museo Rafael Coronel and then get great views at Cerro de la Bufa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zacatecas trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Ciudad Valles to Zacatecas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Zacatecas

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Central Mexico and Gulf Coast travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Natural History Museums
Once the core of a powerful Aztec empire, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast now contains some of the country's most popular tourist destinations, offering a blend of coastal and inland activities. Most Central Mexico and Gulf Coast holidays understandably involve stops at sandy beaches, but if you wish to enrich your experience with a bit of culture and history, don't miss Guanajuato City and Veracruz. While exploring these cities, you can museum hop, get to know the country's arts and music scene, discover numerous historic buildings, and mingle with ex-pats from Canada and the United States. For that ultimate Central Mexico and Gulf Coast sightseeing experience, spend some time exploring the region's World Heritage-listed archaeological sites.