58 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Taxco & Oaxaca Itinerary

58 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Taxco & Oaxaca Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 12 nights
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Taxco
— 3 nights
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Cuernavaca
— 3 nights
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Puebla
— 11 nights
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Veracruz
— 5 nights
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Cordoba
— 3 nights
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Tehuacan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oaxaca
— 13 nights
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
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Mexico City

— 12 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Let the collections at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan and Street Art Chilango capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Popular, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosque de Chapultepec, and make a trip to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City tour app.

Atlanta, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in November, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taxco.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 9:

Taxco

— 3 nights
Taxco de Alarcón is a small city and administrative center of a Taxco de Alarcón Municipality located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Plaza Borda, steep yourself in history at Casa de la Cultura de Taxco (Casa Borda), make a trip to Zocalo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Prisca de Taxco, and finally examine the collection at Museo Casa de Las Lagrimas o Casa Figueroa. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Silver Museum (Museo de la Plateria), look for gifts at Mercado Central, get engrossed in the history at Museo Guillermo Spratling, then see the interesting displays at Casa Humboldt, and finally admire the striking features of Ex-convento de San Bernardino de Siena.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taxco trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mexico City to Taxco in 2.5 hours. In December, Taxco is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Taxco

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

Cuernavaca

— 3 nights
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Robert Brady Museum and Palacio de Cortes will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco and Cathedral of the Asencion (Catedral de la Asuncion). Step out of Cuernavaca with an excursion to Lagartija Club Mezcal in Tepoztlan--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: tee off at Club de Golf de Cuernavaca, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Jose El Calvario, see the interesting displays at Espacio Cultural "Aqui estuvo Zapata", and take in nature's colorful creations at Garden Borda Cultural Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuernavaca tour app.

You can drive from Taxco to Cuernavaca in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Puebla

— 11 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) and Zocalo. Let the collections at Museo Amparo and Museo de Arte Popular Santa Rosa de Lima capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Puebla side-trips: Tlaxcala (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Ocotlan, Palacio de gobierno de Tlaxcala, &more), San Andres Cholula (Tonantzintla & Museo Regional de Cholula) and San Pedro Cholula (Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, Parroquia de San Andres Cholula, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra, get engrossed in the history at Museo Casa del Mendrugo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Exconvento de Calpan, and explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Kabah.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puebla road trip website.

Traveling by bus from Cuernavaca to Puebla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cuernavaca in December, with highs in Puebla at 73°F and lows at 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Veracruz.

Things to do in Puebla

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 26:

Veracruz

— 5 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. Do some cultural sightseeing at San Juan de Ulua and Wax Museum of Veracruz. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Naval Mexico and Museum of the City. Venture out of the city with trips to Zona Arqueologica de Cempoala (in Zempoala) and Tlacotalpan (Augustin Lara Museum & Casa de la Cultura Agustin Lara). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Acuario de Veracruz, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Villa Rica, stroll through Costa Esmeralda, and make a trip to Malecon.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Veracruz travel route site.

Take a bus from Puebla to Veracruz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Puebla in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Veracruz: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Cordoba.

Things to do in Veracruz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Cordoba

— 3 nights
Córdoba, officially known as Heroica Córdoba, is a city and the seat of the municipality of the same name in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Poliforum Mier y Pesado and Museo Francisco Gabilondo Soler. Let the collections at Museo del Cafe and Museo de la Cerveza capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cordoba: Orizaba (Museo Religioso de San Antonio, State Art Museum, &more). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Palacio Municipal de Cordoba and go for a walk through Parque 21 de mayo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cordoba road trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Veracruz to Cordoba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tehuacan.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Tehuacan

— 2 nights
Tehuacán is the second largest city in the Mexican state of Puebla, nestled in the Southeast Valley of Tehuacán, bordering the states of Oaxaca and Veracruz. On the 4th (Tue), stroll through Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Valle de Tehuacan, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Mineralogia Dr. Miguel Romero Sanchez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanic Garden Comunitario Dra Helia Bravo Hollis, then delve into the distant past at Archealogic Zone of Tehuacan Viejo, and then get to know the resident critters at El Club de los Animalitos.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tehuacan online travel route planner.

You can drive from Cordoba to Tehuacan in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Tehuacan

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Oaxaca

— 13 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.
Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban and Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca and Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C.. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oaxaca: Teotitlan del Valle (Porfirio Gutierrez & Casa Don Taurino), Zona Arqueologica de Mitla (in San Pablo Villa de Mitla) and Tlacolula (Yagul & Capilla Del Senor De Tlacolula). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Hierve el Agua, hunt for treasures at Mercado Benito Juárez, kick back and relax at Playa del Amor, and see the interesting displays at Zona Arqueologica Zaachila.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip site.

Getting from Tehuacan to Oaxaca by car takes about 3 hours. In January in Oaxaca, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 18:

Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo Frida Kahlo. Museum-lovers will appreciate Palacio de Bellas Artes and Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes. See even more of Mexico City: take a stroll through Coyoacan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and see the interesting displays at Museo Soumaya.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City online driving holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Oaxaca in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:

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.