20 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

20 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Puebla
— 3 nights
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Cuernavaca
— 1 night
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Drive to Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Fly to Tamuin Airport, Drive to Ciudad Valles
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Ciudad Valles
— 1 night
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San Miguel de Allende
— 5 nights
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Angangueo
— 2 nights
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
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San Juan Teotihuacan
— 2 nights
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Puebla

— 3 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.
Step out of Puebla to go to San Andres Cholula and see Tonantzintla, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: have fun at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), examine the collection at Museo Amparo, stop by Talavera de la Luz, and pause for some serene contemplation at Templo San Francisco Acatepec.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Puebla sightseeing tool.

Barcelona, Spain to Puebla is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Barcelona in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Puebla: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:

Cuernavaca

— 1 night
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. On the 5th (Fri), gain insight at Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico y Museo de Medicina Tradicional y Herbolaria, then examine the collection at Espacio Cultural "Aqui estuvo Zapata", and finally explore the galleries of Robert Brady Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuernavaca trip maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Puebla to Cuernavaca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, Cuernavaca is a bit warmer than Puebla - with highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Ciudad Valles.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 5:

Ciudad Valles

— 1 night
Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. On the 6th (Sat), stroll around El Jardin Hidalgo and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ciudad Valles trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cuernavaca to Ciudad Valles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Ciudad Valles

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 6:

San Miguel de Allende

— 5 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.
San Miguel de Allende is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, see the interesting displays at Mask Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Canada de la Virgen.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Miguel de Allende using our trip planner.

You can drive from Ciudad Valles to San Miguel de Allende in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Angangueo.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 11:

Angangueo

— 2 nights
Angangueo is a town and municipality located in far eastern Michoacán state in central Mexico noted for its history of mining and its location in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look and learn at El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Preserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary. On the next day, stroll through La Reserva de la Biosfera Mariposa Monarca, then take an in-depth tour of Parker House (Casa Parker), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Monarca.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Angangueo road trip planning website.

You can drive from San Miguel de Allende to Angangueo in 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in March, expect Angangueo to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Angangueo

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:

Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

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, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, and see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City online trip maker.

Drive from Angangueo to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Angangueo in March, Mexico City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:

San Juan Teotihuacan

— 2 nights
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
On the 19th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Museo Manuel Gamio Centro de Estudios Teotihuacanos, then don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, and then make a trip to Teotihuacan Pyramids.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Juan Teotihuacan online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

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.