12 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Leon
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Guanajuato
— 2 nights
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Dolores Hidalgo
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Atotonilco
— 1 night
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San Miguel de Allende
— 1 night
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Queretaro City
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Morelia
— 3 nights
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Patzcuaro
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Leon

León is the most populous city and municipality in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

Discover how to plan a Leon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Tijuana to Leon is an approximately 27-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Tijuana in July, plan for little chillier nights in Leon, with lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Guanajuato.
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Historic Sites
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Guanajuato — 2 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Food Tours, Parroquia de Basilica Colegiata de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de Basilica Colegiata de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Casa Diego Rivera. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de Cristo Rey, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then examine the collection at Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Guanajuato day trip planning website.

Drive from Leon to Guanajuato in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Dolores Hidalgo.
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Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
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Dolores Hidalgo

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de los Dolores.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dolores Hidalgo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Guanajuato to Dolores Hidalgo in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Dolores Hidalgo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Atotonilco.
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Atotonilco — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Atotonilco Sanctuary (Sanctuario de Atotonilco). On the 23rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de Jesus Nazareno and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atotonilco Sanctuary (Sanctuario de Atotonilco).

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Atotonilco trip planning app.

Atotonilco is just a stone's throw from Dolores Hidalgo. In July, daily temperatures in Atotonilco can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Miguel de Allende.
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San Miguel de Allende — 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Templo de Nuestra Senora de la Salud, Museo La Esquina, Mask Museum, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, get engrossed in the history at Ignacio Allende House (Casa de Ignacio Allende), examine the collection at Mask Museum, then examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Nuestra Senora de la Salud.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary builder app.

San Miguel de Allende is just a short distance from Atotonilco. In July, daytime highs in San Miguel de Allende are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Queretaro City.
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Queretaro City

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.
For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Queretaro City travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Queretaro City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Queretaro City can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll set off for Morelia on the 24th (Wed).
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Morelia — 3 nights

Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Your day by day itinerary now includes Jardin de las Rosas as well as Orquidario de Morelia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Templo de Santa Rosa de Lima and Catedral de Morelia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo del Dulce and Lake Camecuaro. Get out of town with these interesting Morelia side-trips: Ex-Convento Santa Martia Magdalena (in Cuitzeo) and Museo Ex Convento de San Agustin de San Pablo (in Yuriria). There's lots more to do: gain insight at Casa de la Cultura de Morelia, wander the streets of Centro Historico de Morelia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de Guadalupe y Exconvento de San Diego, and ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Michoacan.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Morelia online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Queretaro City to Morelia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Morelia can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Patzcuaro.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
Side Trips
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Patzcuaro — 3 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Santa Clara del Cobre, Paraiso natural de aguas termales kauar tikuri and Zirahuen. Popular historic sites such as Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Salud and House of Eleven Patios (Casa de los Once Patios) are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Templo de la Compania de Jesus and La Biblioteca Publica Gertrudis Bocanegra.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Patzcuaro road trip website.

Getting from Morelia to Patzcuaro by car takes about an hour. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas
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Central Mexico and Gulf Coast travel guide

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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.
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