55 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast & Oaxaca Itinerary

55 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast & Oaxaca Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 12 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
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan and Museo de Arte Popular. Get some cultural insight at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Bosque de Chapultepec. Change things up with a short trip to Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the galleries of Street Art Chilango, take a stroll through Ciudad Universitaria, and get a taste of the local shopping with Polanco.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Atlanta in July, things will get slightly colder in Mexico City: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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 Palacio de Cortes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cuernavaca: Tepoztlan (Lagartija Club Mezcal & Tepozteco). There's still lots to do: gain insight at Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Fotografia El Castillito, take in nature's colorful creations at Garden Borda Cultural Center, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Jose El Calvario.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cuernavaca trip builder app.

Getting from Mexico City to Cuernavaca by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Mexico City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cuernavaca, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Amparo and Museo Regional de Cholula. Zocalo and Tonantzintla are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puebla: San Pedro Cholula (Museo de Sitio de Cholula, Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, &more), Tlaxcala (Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala, Palacio de gobierno de Tlaxcala, &more) and Exconvento de Calpan (in San Andres Calpan). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), admire the masterpieces at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, and steep yourself in history at Fuertes de Loreto.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puebla online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Cuernavaca to Puebla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cuernavaca in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 51°F in Puebla. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Veracruz.

Things to do in Puebla

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at San Juan de Ulua and Wax Museum of Veracruz. You'll explore and learn at Museo Naval Mexico and Museo de Ripley. Change things up with these side-trips from Veracruz: Tlacotalpan (Parque Zaragoza, Augustin Lara Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Acuario de Veracruz, stop by La Josefina, stroll through Playa Villa Rica, and don't miss a visit to Malecon.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Veracruz online route planner.

Traveling by bus from Puebla to Veracruz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Puebla in August: highs in Veracruz hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cordoba.

Things to do in Veracruz

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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 Museo del Cafe and Museo Francisco Gabilondo Soler. Let the collections at State Art Museum and Museo de la Cerveza capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Orizaba (Poliforum Mier y Pesado, Museo Religioso de San Antonio, &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.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cordoba trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Veracruz to Cordoba by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tehuacan.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at El Club de los Animalitos, then walk around Parque Juarez, and then examine the collection at Museo de Mineralogia Dr. Miguel Romero Sanchez. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, then delve into the distant past at Archealogic Zone of Tehuacan Viejo, and then examine the collection at Museo del Valle de Tehuacan.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tehuacan trip planner.

Getting from Cordoba to Tehuacan by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Tehuacan

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Let the collections at Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban and Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca, A.C. capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oaxaca: Tlacolula (Yagul, Capilla Del Senor De Tlacolula, &more), Teotitlan del Valle (Porfirio Gutierrez & Casa Don Taurino) and Zona Arqueologica de Mitla (in San Pablo Villa de Mitla). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Hierve el Agua, wander the streets of San Antonio Arrazola, deepen your understanding at Centro de Difusion Para el Conocimiento de La Grana Cochinilla Final Tlapanochestli, and contemplate the long history of Convento de Cuilapam.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Oaxaca trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tehuacan to Oaxaca takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

You'll explore and learn at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Museo Frida Kahlo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. See some other sides of Mexico City: take a stroll through Historic Center (Centro Historico), don't miss a visit to Zocalo, visit Coyoacan, and step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City trip planner.

Getting from Oaxaca to Mexico City by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in September, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.