16 days in Mexico City, Puebla & Oaxaca Itinerary

16 days in Mexico City, Puebla & Oaxaca Itinerary

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Mexico City
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Puebla
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oaxaca
— 8 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 1 night

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Mexico City — 3 nights

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, look for gifts at Tinta Naranja Urban Gallery, and then take a stroll through Polanco.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Mexico City. In December, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Puebla.
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Puebla — 3 nights

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Head to Bazar los Sapos and La monarcafor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Puebla Cathedra and Zocalo. When in Puebla, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Cholula in San Pedro Cholula, approximately San Pedro Cholula away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Amparo and get to know the resident critters at Africam Safari.

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Traveling by shuttle from Mexico City to Puebla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Puebla can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Oaxaca.
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Oaxaca — 8 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 Taller Zeny Fuentes y Reyna capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Mercado Benito Juárez or Voces de Copal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oaxaca: Gracias a Dios Mezcal (in Santiago Matatlan), Zona Arqueologica de Mitla (in San Pablo Villa de Mitla) and Teotitlan del Valle (Porfirio Gutierrez & Casa Don Taurino). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Coyote Aventuras, explore the ancient world of Yagul, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, and view the masterpieces at Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles.

Before you visit Oaxaca, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Puebla to Oaxaca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, Oaxaca is somewhat warmer than Puebla - with highs of 33°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Mexico City.
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Mexico City — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and finally make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo.

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Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Mexico City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Oaxaca in December, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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