19 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

19 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Puebla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tehuacan
— 1 night
Drive
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Catemaco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mexico City
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
Fly
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Morelia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Angangueo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ciudad Valles
— 1 night
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San Miguel de Allende
— 2 nights
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Puebla — 2 nights

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tonantzintla and Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Amparo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra, and stroll through Museo Viviente.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Puebla trip itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Puebla is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Puebla, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, expect nights in Puebla to be a bit cooler, around 45°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tehuacan.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

Tehuacan — 1 night

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo de Mineralogia Dr. Miguel Romero Sanchez and then stroll through Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tehuacan trip maker app.

You can drive from Puebla to Tehuacan in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Catemaco.
Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 6:

Catemaco — 2 nights

Catemaco is a city in Catemaco Municipality located in the south of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Nanciyaga and then enjoy the sand and surf at Barra de Sontecomapan. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Ecologica La Otra Opcion and then stroll through Reserva Ecologica Benito Juarez.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Catemaco trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tehuacan to Catemaco in 5.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Catemaco can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Mexico City.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:

Mexico City — 5 nights

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Zocalo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Bosque de Chapultepec and Ride MB will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City vacation planner.

You can fly from Catemaco to Mexico City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, Mexico City is slightly colder than Catemaco - with highs of 75°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Juan Teotihuacan.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:

San Juan Teotihuacan — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): make a trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reino Animal.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Juan Teotihuacan day trip planning site.

Drive from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Morelia.
Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:

Morelia — 2 nights

Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take a stroll through Centro Historico de Morelia and then make a trip to Catedral de Morelia. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Museo Michoacano de las Artesanias and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de Guadalupe y Exconvento de San Diego.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Morelia route tool.

You can fly from San Juan Teotihuacan to Morelia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Angangueo.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:

Angangueo — 2 nights

Angangueo is a town and municipality located in far eastern Michoacán state in central Mexico noted for its history of mining and its location in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see the sky in a new way at El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Preserve and then stroll through Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Sierra Chincua Butterfly Sanctuary and then stroll through Mariposa Monarca.

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

You can drive from Morelia to Angangueo in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Morelia in February: high temperatures in Angangueo hover around 71°F and lows are around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ciudad Valles.
Wildlife · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:

Ciudad Valles — 1 night

Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): head outdoors with MS Xpediciones and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ciudad Valles day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Angangueo to Ciudad Valles in 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to San Miguel de Allende.
Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 19:

San Miguel de Allende — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): browse for treasures at Fabrica La Aurora, then make a trip to El Jardin, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Canada de la Virgen.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende online trip builder.

You can drive from Ciudad Valles to San Miguel de Allende in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:

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.