13 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

13 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

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13 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Rimini
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Puebla
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Veracruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Catemaco
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Rimini

3
nights
Puebla

Puebla ©
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 with an excursion to Murals of the Government Palace in Tlaxcala--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), get lost in a book at Biblioteca Palafoxiana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Tonantzintla, and stop by Uriarte Talavera.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puebla itinerary builder.

Rimini, Italy to Puebla is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. While traveling from Rimini, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Puebla, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Veracruz.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala, Templo San Francisco Acatepec
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)

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Veracruz

Veracruz ©
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 29th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Chachalacas Beach and then make a trip to Malecon. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium of Veracruz, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Naval Mexico, then step into the grandiose world of San Juan de Ulua, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa de Hernan Cortes.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Veracruz tour planner.

Traveling by car from Puebla to Veracruz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Puebla in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Veracruz, with highs around 30°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Catemaco.

Things to do in Veracruz

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Chachalacas Beach ©
Chachalacas Beach
San Juan de Ulua ©
San Juan de Ulua
Acuario de Veracruz ©
Acuario de Veracruz

1
night
Catemaco

Catemaco ©
Catemaco is a city in Catemaco Municipality located in the south of the Mexican state of Veracruz. On the 31st (Sun), stroll through Barra de Sontecomapan.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Catemaco itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Veracruz to Catemaco takes 3 hours. December in Catemaco sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Catemaco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Barra de Sontecomapan ©
Barra de Sontecomapan

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
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, nightlife, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, contemplate the long history of Chapultepec Castle, and delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Mexico City custom trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Catemaco to Mexico City with the Route module. Traveling from Catemaco in January, things will get slightly colder in Mexico City: highs are around 24°C and lows about 8°C. On the 5th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo