32 days in Northern Mexico, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast & Oaxaca Itinerary

32 days in Northern Mexico, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast & Oaxaca Itinerary

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Monterrey
— 3 nights
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Morelia
— 4 nights
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Queretaro City
— 3 nights
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Guanajuato
— 3 nights
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Zacatecas
— 3 nights
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Ciudad Valles
— 3 nights
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Veracruz
— 2 nights
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Puebla
— 3 nights
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Oaxaca
— 2 nights
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Monterrey

— 3 nights

City of the Mountains

An industrial powerhouse and a major transportation hub close to the Texas border, Monterrey offers visitors a blend of culture, art, and history.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica de la Virgen de Guadalupe and Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Senora de Monterrey. Get some cultural insight at Iglesia de San Luis Gonzaga and Templo del Sagrado Corazon. Venture out of the city with trips to Matacanes Canyon (in Santiago) and Grutas de Bustamante (in Bustamante).

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Monterrey online sightseeing planner.

New York City, USA to Monterrey is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Monterrey, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Morelia.

Things to do in Monterrey

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:

Morelia

— 4 nights
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Santuario de Guadalupe y Exconvento de San Diego and Templo de Santa Rosa de Lima. Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de Morelia and Ex-Convento Santa Martia Magdalena. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Estado de Michoacan and deepen your understanding at Conservatorio de las Rosas.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Morelia sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Monterrey to Morelia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Morelia are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Queretaro City.

Things to do in Morelia

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:

Queretaro City

— 3 nights
With a World Heritage-listed town center, Queretaro offers plenty of colonial charm appealing to visitors looking to add a bit of history and culture to their vacation.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de Armas and Cerro de las Campanas. Step off the beaten path and head to MUCAL Museo del Calendario and Temple of Carmen. When in Queretaro City, make a side trip to see Templo de San Francisco in Celaya, approximately Celaya away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Querétaro.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Queretaro City itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Morelia to Queretaro City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Guanajuato.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Guanajuato

— 3 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Jardin and Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro del cubilete and Plaza de San Fernando. Step out of Guanajuato to go to Atotonilco and see Santuario de Jesus Nazareno, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Diego and examine the collection at Casa Museo Gene Byron.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Guanajuato online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Queretaro City to Guanajuato takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zacatecas.

Things to do in Guanajuato

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:

Zacatecas

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Catedral de Zacatecas and Santuario de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. Popular historic sites such as Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima and Parish of the Immaculate Conception are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: get great views at Cerro de la Bufa and examine the collection at Museo Toma de Zacatecas.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zacatecas road trip site.

You can drive from Guanajuato to Zacatecas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Guanajuato in June since evenings lows in Zacatecas dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ciudad Valles.

Things to do in Zacatecas

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:

Ciudad Valles

— 3 nights
Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Huasteca Potosina and Tamtoc Archaeological Site. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Cueva de Agua. Change things up with a short trip to Cascada Minas Viejas in El Naranjo (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: get outside with MS Xpediciones and explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva en Taninul.

For photos and more tourist information, read Ciudad Valles online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Zacatecas to Ciudad Valles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Veracruz.

Things to do in Ciudad Valles

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 20:

Veracruz

— 2 nights
Veracruz, officially known as Heroica Veracruz, is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): step into the grandiose world of San Juan de Ulua and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Costa Esmeralda and then contemplate the long history of Casa de Hernan Cortes.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Veracruz day trip planning site.

Getting from Ciudad Valles to Veracruz by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Veracruz are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Puebla.

Things to do in Veracruz

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Barrio del Artista and Ex-Convento de San Gabriel. Your inner history buff will appreciate Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) and Ex-convento de San Francisco de Puebla. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo San Francisco Acatepec.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puebla vacation planner.

You can fly from Veracruz to Puebla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Veracruz in June, plan for little chillier days in Puebla, with highs around 76°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 25:

Oaxaca

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Atzompa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, and then steep yourself in history at Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and then head outdoors with Coyote Aventuras.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Oaxaca trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Puebla to Oaxaca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Puebla in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Oaxaca: highs are around 85°F and lows about 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Memory and Tolerance Museum and Museo Nacional De Arte. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Nacional de Antropologia and House of Tiles (Casa de los Azulejos). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, don't miss a visit to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and tour on your own time with Ride MB.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City tour planner.

Getting from Oaxaca to Mexico City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in June, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Classes
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 2:

Northern Mexico travel guide

4.4
Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Offering an ultimate frontier-land experience, Northern Mexico encompasses a sprawling desert region stretching along the border with the United States. Often called "Lost Mexico" or "Unknown Mexico" because it remains largely ignored by foreign travelers, this area includes Chihuahua, the country's biggest state and the former stomping ground of Pancho Villa's revolutionary forces. Perhaps the biggest tourist attraction in Northern Mexico, the rugged Copper Canyon is familiar to most movie buffs from numerous Westerns. This giant canyon system, deeper and larger than the Grand Canyon, remains one of the wildest and remotest places in Mexico. Other reasons for taking a trip to Northern Mexico are the region's appealing beaches, colonial-era towns, and diverse wildlife areas.

Central Mexico and Gulf Coast travel guide

4.5
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.