11 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Mexico City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Xalapa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puebla
— 2 nights
Bus
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Cuernavaca
— 3 nights
Drive

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Mexico City — 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 14th (Mon), visit Coyoacan, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, and finally examine the collection at Museo del Azucar.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Mexico City route planning website.

November in Mexico City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Xalapa.
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Xalapa — 2 nights

Xalapa is the capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz and the name of the surrounding municipality. Kids will appreciate attractions like Jardin Botanico Francisco Javier Clavijero and Parque de los Tecajetes. Get out of town with these interesting Xalapa side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Jalcomulco) and Cascada de Texolo (in Xico). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo El Lencero, don't miss a visit to Pueblo Magico Coatepec, and stroll around Juárez Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Xalapa holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Xalapa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puebla.
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Puebla — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), then take a stroll through Zocalo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo Amparo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Museo Viviente, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Africam Safari, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tonantzintla.

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Getting from Xalapa to Puebla by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November in Puebla, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Cuernavaca.
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Cuernavaca — 3 nights

Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Change things up with a short trip to Xochicalco in Miacatlan (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Indigena Contemporaneo, get engrossed in the history at Palacio de Cortes, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico y Museo de Medicina Tradicional y Herbolaria.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cuernavaca holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Puebla to Cuernavaca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Puebla in November, things will get a bit warmer in Cuernavaca: highs are around 31°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.
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Central Mexico and Gulf Coast travel guide

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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.
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