57 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast & Acapulco Itinerary

57 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast & Acapulco Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico trip planner

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Mexico City
— 6 nights
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San Juan Teotihuacan
— 3 nights
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Puebla
— 6 nights
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Acapulco
— 10 nights
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Cuernavaca
— 4 nights
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San Miguel de Allende
— 6 nights
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Morelia
— 5 nights
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Leon
— 3 nights
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Zacatecas
— 6 nights
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Ciudad Valles
— 3 nights
Taxi to Tampico, Fly to Veracruz
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Veracruz
— 4 nights
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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.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mexico City journey website.

Toronto, Canada to Mexico City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Toronto in December, plan for warmer days in Mexico City, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 12:

San Juan Teotihuacan

— 3 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.
San Juan Teotihuacan is known for historic sites, parks, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, get outside with Flying Pictures Mexico, appreciate the history behind Virgin Rosario of Talpa, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan Teotihuacan trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puebla.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Puebla

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puebla: San Pedro Cholula (Zona Arqueológica de Cholula & La monarca) and Tonantzintla (in San Andres Cholula). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), admire the masterpieces at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales, make a trip to Tuneles de Puebla, and visit Zocalo.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puebla day trip site.

Drive from San Juan Teotihuacan to Puebla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Puebla, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Acapulco.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 21:

Acapulco

— 10 nights
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Acapulco is known for nature, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at La Quebrada, don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural La Casa de los Vientos, kick back and relax at Playa de Barra Vieja, and examine the collection at Fuerte De San Diego.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Acapulco online holiday planner.

Fly from Puebla to Acapulco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Puebla in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Acapulco: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Acapulco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 31:

Cuernavaca

— 4 nights
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cuernavaca: Nevado de Toluca (in Toluca) and Tepozteco (in Tepoztlan). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Robert Brady Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Cacahuamilpa.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cuernavaca trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Acapulco to Cuernavaca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Acapulco in December, things will get slightly colder in Cuernavaca: highs are around 31°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

San Miguel de Allende

— 6 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.
When in San Miguel de Allende, make a side trip to see Peña de Bernal in Queretaro City, approximately Queretaro City away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, examine the collection at Museo La Esquina, deepen your understanding at Sazon, and make a trip to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Allende trip app.

Getting from Cuernavaca to San Miguel de Allende by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuernavaca in January, things will get slightly colder in San Miguel de Allende: highs are around 27°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Morelia.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:

Morelia

— 5 nights
Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Venture out of the city with trips to Telares Uruapan (in Uruapan), Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Salud (in Patzcuaro) and Zona Arqueologica De Tzintzuntzan (in Tzintzuntzan). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Morelia, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Morelia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de Guadalupe y Exconvento de San Diego, and shop like a local with Museo Michoacano de las Artesanias.

Plan a Morelia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Morelia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Morelia

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

Leon

— 3 nights
León is the most populous city and municipality in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Get out of town with these interesting Leon side-trips: Guanajuato (Museo Ex-Hacienda San Gabriel de Barrera, Museo Iconografico del Quijote, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte e Historia de Guanajuato.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Leon road trip site.

Drive from Morelia to Leon in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Leon are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zacatecas.

Things to do in Leon

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Zacatecas

— 6 nights

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.
Step out of Zacatecas with an excursion to Templo de San Antonio in Aguascalientes--about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: go deep underground at Mina El Eden, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguerez, see the interesting displays at Museo de Guadalupe, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Zacatecas day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Leon to Zacatecas takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Leon in January, with highs in Zacatecas at 22°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ciudad Valles.

Things to do in Zacatecas

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:

Ciudad Valles

— 3 nights
Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. Explore Ciudad Valles' surroundings by going to Tamasopo (Cascadas de Tamasopo & Desarrollo Ecoturistico Ejidal Indigena Pame Puente de Dios) and Tamul Waterfalls (in Aquismon). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Huasteca Potosina, and head outdoors with MS Xpediciones.

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Traveling by car from Zacatecas to Ciudad Valles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Veracruz.

Things to do in Ciudad Valles

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Veracruz

— 4 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. Veracruz is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of San Juan de Ulua, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about all things military at Museo Naval Mexico, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the City.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Veracruz trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ciudad Valles to Veracruz takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Veracruz can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Veracruz

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

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.