58 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Taxco & Oaxaca Itinerary

58 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast, Taxco & Oaxaca Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 12 nights
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Taxco
— 3 nights
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Cuernavaca
— 3 nights
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Puebla
— 11 nights
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Veracruz
— 5 nights
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Cordoba
— 3 nights
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Tehuacan
— 2 nights
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Oaxaca
— 13 nights
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
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Mexico City

— 12 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Let the collections at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan and Museo de Arte Popular capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, have fun and explore at Memory and Tolerance Museum, wander the streets of Polanco, and visit La Condesa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City tour app.

Atlanta, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in November, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taxco.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 9:

Taxco

— 3 nights
Taxco de Alarcón is a small city and administrative center of a Taxco de Alarcón Municipality located in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Plaza Borda, steep yourself in history at Casa de la Cultura de Taxco (Casa Borda), make a trip to Zocalo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Prisca de Taxco, and finally examine the collection at Museo Casa de Las Lagrimas o Casa Figueroa. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Silver Museum (Museo de la Plateria), look for gifts at Mercado Central, get engrossed in the history at Museo Guillermo Spratling, then see the interesting displays at Casa Humboldt, and finally admire the striking features of Ex-convento de San Bernardino de Siena.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taxco trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mexico City to Taxco in 2.5 hours. In December, Taxco is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Taxco

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

Cuernavaca

— 3 nights
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Robert Brady Museum and Espacio Cultural "Aqui estuvo Zapata" will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco and Cathedral of the Asencion (Catedral de la Asuncion). Step out of Cuernavaca with an excursion to Lagartija Club Mezcal in Tepoztlan--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: play a few rounds at Club de Golf de Cuernavaca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Jose El Calvario, take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Cortes, and take in nature's colorful creations at Garden Borda Cultural Center.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cuernavaca sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Taxco to Cuernavaca takes 1.5 hours. In December in Cuernavaca, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Puebla

— 11 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) and Museo Amparo. Appreciate the collections at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales and Museo de Arte Popular Santa Rosa de Lima. Change things up with these side-trips from Puebla: San Andres Cholula (Tonantzintla & Museo Regional de Cholula), San Pedro Cholula (Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, Parroquia de San Andres Cholula, &more) and Tlaxcala (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Ocotlan, Palacio de gobierno de Tlaxcala, &more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Zocalo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Exconvento de Calpan, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Africam Safari, and see the interesting displays at La Casa del Mendrugo.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puebla day trip planning app.

You can take a bus from Cuernavaca to Puebla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Puebla is a bit cooler than Cuernavaca - with highs of 73°F and lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly to Veracruz.

Things to do in Puebla

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 26:

Veracruz

— 5 nights
Veracruz, officially known as Heroica Veracruz, is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Do some cultural sightseeing at San Juan de Ulua and Casa de la Cultura Agustin Lara. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Naval Mexico and Augustin Lara Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueologica de Cempoala in Zempoala (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Acuario de Veracruz, contemplate the long history of Casa de Hernan Cortes, examine the collection at Museum of the City, and make a trip to Plaza de Las Armas.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Veracruz trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a bus from Puebla to Veracruz in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Puebla in December, expect nights in Veracruz to be warmer, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Veracruz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Cordoba

— 3 nights
Córdoba, officially known as Heroica Córdoba, is a city and the seat of the municipality of the same name in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Poliforum Mier y Pesado and Museo del Cafe. Let the collections at Museo Francisco Gabilondo Soler and State Art Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cordoba: Orizaba (Museo Religioso de San Antonio, Museo de la Cerveza, &more). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Palacio Municipal de Cordoba and go for a walk through Parque 21 de mayo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cordoba road trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Veracruz to Cordoba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tehuacan.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Tehuacan

— 2 nights
Tehuacán is the second largest city in the Mexican state of Puebla, nestled in the Southeast Valley of Tehuacán, bordering the states of Oaxaca and Veracruz. On the 4th (Tue), stroll through Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Valle de Tehuacan, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Mineralogia Dr. Miguel Romero Sanchez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanic Garden Comunitario Dra Helia Bravo Hollis, then delve into the distant past at Archealogic Zone of Tehuacan Viejo, and then get to know the resident critters at El Club de los Animalitos.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tehuacan online travel route planner.

You can drive from Cordoba to Tehuacan in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Tehuacan

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Oaxaca

— 13 nights
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban and Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Rufino Tamayo Museum of Pre-Hispanic Art and Casa Don Taurino. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oaxaca: Porfirio Gutierrez (in Teotitlan del Valle), Tlacolula (Yagul & Capilla Del Senor De Tlacolula) and Zona Arqueologica de Mitla (in San Pablo Villa de Mitla). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Benito Juárez, don't miss a visit to Andador de Macedonia Alcala, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip builder site.

Getting from Tehuacan to Oaxaca by car takes about 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Oaxaca are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 18:

Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Frida Kahlo and Museo Soumaya. See even more of Mexico City: take a stroll through Coyoacan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Reforma.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City online driving holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Oaxaca in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:

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.