36 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

36 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Catemaco
— 4 nights
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Tuxpan
— 2 nights
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Ciudad Valles
— 3 nights
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Morelia
— 2 nights
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San Miguel de Allende
— 5 nights
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Tequisquiapan
— 4 nights
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San Juan Teotihuacan
— 2 nights
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Puebla
— 4 nights
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Mexico City
— 8 nights
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Catemaco

— 4 nights
Catemaco is a city in Catemaco Municipality located in the south of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Step out of the city life by going to Barra de Sontecomapan and Salto de Eyipantla. Step out of Catemaco with an excursion to La Poza de los Enanos in Sontecomapan--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Ecologica La Otra Opcion and contemplate the waterfront views at Catemaco Lake.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Catemaco driving holiday website.

Salt Lake City, USA to Catemaco is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Salt Lake City to Catemaco, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in April, things will get much hotter in Catemaco: highs are around 88°F and lows about 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tuxpan.

Things to do in Catemaco

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tuxpan

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Cristo Redentor and then kick back and relax at Playa de Tuxpan. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Parque Reforma and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arrecifes de Tuxpan.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tuxpan road trip website.

Drive from Catemaco to Tuxpan in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ciudad Valles.

Things to do in Tuxpan

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Ciudad Valles

— 3 nights
Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. Escape the urban bustle at Climbing Tours and Huasteca Potosina. Venture out of the city with trips to Tamul Waterfalls (in Aquismon) and Desarrollo Ecoturistico Ejidal Indigena Pame Puente de Dios (in Tamasopo). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva en Taninul.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ciudad Valles attractions site.

Drive from Tuxpan to Ciudad Valles in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Morelia.

Things to do in Ciudad Valles

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Morelia

— 2 nights
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Morelia, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Morelia, and then don't miss a visit to Museo Michoacano de las Artesanias en Exconvento de San Francisco. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Del Dulce, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guadalupe Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de las Rosas.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Morelia online journey planner.

You can drive from Ciudad Valles to Morelia in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Morelia

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Miguel de Allende: Vinedos Cuna de Tierra (in Dolores Hidalgo) and Guanajuato (Mercado Hidalgo, Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato, &more). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Museo La Esquina, explore the galleries of Fabrica La Aurora, and get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Morelia to San Miguel de Allende in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In April in San Miguel de Allende, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Tequisquiapan.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Tequisquiapan

— 4 nights
Tequisquiapan is a town and municipality located in the southeast of the state of Querétaro in central Mexico. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tequisquiapan: Parque Ecologico "Los Sabinos" (in Huichapan), Grutas Tolantongo (in Tolantongo) and Ezequiel Montes (De Cote Casa Vitivinicola, Finca Sala Vive by Freixenet Mexico, &more). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Temazcal Tonatiu Iquzayampa, do a tasting at Viñedos La Redonda, look for gifts at Bocanegra Cava de Quesos, and see the interesting displays at Museo Mexico Me Encanta.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tequisquiapan tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Miguel de Allende to Tequisquiapan in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Tequisquiapan can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Tequisquiapan

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

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 5th (Wed), look for gifts at Galeria Media Luna, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then get to know the fascinating history of Teotihuacan Pyramids. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada and then don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Juan Teotihuacan trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Tequisquiapan to San Juan Teotihuacan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Puebla

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at La Malinche National Park and Museo Viviente. Venture out of the city with trips to Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula), Volcan La Malinche (in Huamantla) and Zona Arqueológica de Cholula (in San Pedro Cholula). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Zocalo, pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), and see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo).

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puebla visit planning site.

Traveling by car from San Juan Teotihuacan to Puebla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mexico City

— 8 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Escape the urban bustle at Bosque de Chapultepec and Parque Nacional Grutas de Cacahuamilpa. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Coyoacan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Puebla to Mexico City by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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.