11 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Mexico City
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— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 2 nights


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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mexico City journey planner.

In November, daytime highs in Mexico City are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Xalapa.
Historic Sites · Museums
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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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): stroll around Parque de los Tecajetes, sample the fine beverages at Casa Bautista Galvez, then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Texolo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Santa Maria Magdalena. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museo de La Orquidea and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Xalapa visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Xalapa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puebla.
Parks · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
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Puebla — 3 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.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), take a stroll through Zocalo, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Gonzales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Amparo, meet the residents at Africam Safari, and then see the interesting displays at La Casa del Mendrugo.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puebla online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Xalapa to Puebla by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cuernavaca.
Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Cuernavaca — 2 nights

Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. Take a break from Cuernavaca with a short trip to Xochicalco in Miacatlan, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco, admire the striking features of Palacio de Cortes, explore the galleries of Robert Brady Museum, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cuernavaca trip app.

Traveling by bus from Puebla to Cuernavaca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, Cuernavaca is somewhat warmer than Puebla - with highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Adventure · Tours
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Central Mexico and Gulf Coast travel guide

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.