19 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

19 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

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19 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Queretaro City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Morelia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Zacatecas
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Veracruz
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Puebla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cuernavaca
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Mexico City
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Boston

1
night
Queretaro City

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Templo de Santa Clara, then don't miss a visit to Convento de Santa Clara, and finally explore the striking landscape at La Pena de Bernal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to El Acueducto De Queretaro, don't miss a visit to Templo y ex-convento de la Santa Cruz de los Milagros, then examine the collection at Museo Regional, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Queretaro City visit planner .

Boston, USA to Queretaro City is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Queretaro City. In September, daily temperatures in Queretaro City can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo ©
Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo
Peña de Bernal ©
Peña de Bernal
Convento de Santa Clara ©
Convento de Santa Clara

3
nights
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guanajuato (Monumento al Pipila & Alhondiga de Granaditas). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Charco del Ingenio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and see the interesting displays at La Esquina Mexican Toy Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Queretaro City to San Miguel de Allende takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Miguel de Allende can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Morelia.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Guanajuato
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Fabrica La Aurora ©
Fabrica La Aurora
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

2
nights
Morelia

Morelia ©
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. On the 3rd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Museo Michoacano de las Artesanias en Exconvento de San Francisco, admire the natural beauty at Orquidario de Morelia, then make a trip to The Aqueduct, then examine the collection at Museo Del Dulce, and finally contemplate the long history of Catedral de Morelia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Guadalupe Sanctuary, then admire the local landmark of Tarascas Fountain, and then contemplate the long history of Centro Historico de Morelia.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Morelia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Miguel de Allende to Morelia in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Morelia are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zacatecas.

Things to do in Morelia

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Catedral de Morelia ©
Catedral de Morelia
Centro Historico de Morelia ©
Centro Historico de Morelia
Guadalupe Sanctuary ©
Guadalupe Sanctuary

1
night
Zacatecas

Zacatecas ©
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.
On the 5th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Mina El Eden, then see the interesting displays at Rafael Coronel Museum (Museo Rafael Coronel), then admire all the interesting features of Cerro de la Bufa, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Guadalupe.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zacatecas trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Morelia to Zacatecas by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Morelia, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Zacatecas, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Veracruz.

Things to do in Zacatecas

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Museo de Guadalupe
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Mina El Eden ©
Mina El Eden
Cerro de la Bufa ©
Cerro de la Bufa

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of San Juan de Ulua, then don't miss a visit to Malecon, then meet the residents at Aquarium of Veracruz, and finally see the interesting displays at City Museum.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Veracruz attractions planner.

You can fly from Zacatecas to Veracruz in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zacatecas in October, you will find days in Veracruz are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are much hotter (72°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puebla.

Things to do in Veracruz

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Acuario de Veracruz ©
Acuario de Veracruz
San Juan de Ulua ©
San Juan de Ulua
Malecon ©
Malecon

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): browse the collection at Biblioteca Palafoxiana, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo San Francisco Acatepec, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria Tonantzintla, then examine the collection at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica de Puebla.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puebla online route maker .

Traveling by car from Veracruz to Puebla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Veracruz in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Puebla: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

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)

1
night
Cuernavaca

Cuernavaca ©
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Robert Brady Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Garden Borda Cultural Center, then admire all the interesting features of Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, and finally delve into the distant past at Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cuernavaca trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Puebla to Cuernavaca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puebla in October since evenings lows in Cuernavaca dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Robert Brady Museum ©
Robert Brady Museum
Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco ©

6
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center (Centro Historico), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cuernavaca to Mexico City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cuernavaca in October, things will get slightly colder in Mexico City: highs are around 73°F and lows about 54°F. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Mexico Tour Freelance ©
Mexico Tour Freelance
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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