19 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

19 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Mexico and Gulf Coast vacation planner

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Fly to Querétaro Intercontinental Airport, Drive to Queretaro City
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Queretaro City
— 1 night
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San Miguel de Allende
— 3 nights
Drive
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Morelia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zacatecas
— 1 night
Fly
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Veracruz
— 1 night
Drive
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Puebla
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cuernavaca
— 1 night
Drive
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Mexico City
— 6 nights
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Queretaro City

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, pause for some serene contemplation 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 Peña de Bernal. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip 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.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Queretaro City online route planner.

Boston, USA to Queretaro City is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Queretaro City. In September, daytime highs in Queretaro City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:

San Miguel de Allende

— 3 nights
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.
Explore San Miguel de Allende's surroundings by going to Guanajuato (Monumento al Pipila & Alhondiga de Granaditas). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, get lost in a book at Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel de Allende, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fabrica La Aurora, and make a trip to El Jardin.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende trip planner.

Traveling by car from Queretaro City to San Miguel de Allende takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in San Miguel de Allende sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Morelia.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Morelia

— 2 nights
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, don't miss a visit to The Aqueduct, then examine the collection at Museo Del Dulce, and finally make a trip to Catedral de Morelia. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Guadalupe Sanctuary, then admire the local landmark of Tarascas Fountain, and then take a stroll through Centro Historico de Morelia.

To find out how to plan a trip to Morelia, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from San Miguel de Allende to Morelia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or 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 · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Zacatecas

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mina El Eden, then see the interesting displays at Rafael Coronel Museum (Museo Rafael Coronel), then take in the awesome beauty at Cerro de la Bufa, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Guadalupe.

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Traveling by car from Morelia to Zacatecas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Morelia in October, expect nights in Zacatecas to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are slightly colder, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Veracruz.

Things to do in Zacatecas

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Veracruz

— 1 night
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 6th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of San Juan de Ulua, make a trip to Malecon, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Acuario de Veracruz, and finally examine the collection at Museum of the City.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Veracruz trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Zacatecas to Veracruz takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zacatecas in October, expect nights in Veracruz to be much hotter, around 72°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Puebla.

Things to do in Veracruz

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Puebla

— 2 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.
On the 7th (Sun), browse the collection at Biblioteca Palafoxiana, then tour the pleasant surroundings at 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): pause for some serene contemplation at Templo San Francisco Acatepec, then examine the collection at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo), and then pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Puebla travel route planning app.

Drive from Veracruz to Puebla in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Veracruz in October: highs in Puebla hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Cuernavaca

— 1 night
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Robert Brady Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Garden Borda Cultural Center, then gain insight at Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, and finally delve into the distant past at Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cuernavaca route maker.

You can take a bus from Puebla to Cuernavaca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Puebla in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cuernavaca, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Mexico City

— 6 nights

City of Palaces

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 Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and stop by Historic Center (Centro Historico).

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Cuernavaca to Mexico City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, Mexico City is a bit cooler than Cuernavaca - with highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 15:

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.