20 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

20 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

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Zacatecas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Morelia
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Miguel de Allende
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tequisquiapan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Huasca de Ocampo
— 1 night
Drive
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Ciudad Valles
— 3 nights
Taxi to Tampico, Fly to Veracruz
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Veracruz
— 3 nights
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Zacatecas — 2 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo Rafael Coronel and Catedral de Zacatecas. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Pedro Coronel, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro de la Bufa, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Guadalupe.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zacatecas day trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Zacatecas is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Zacatecas. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Zacatecas, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Morelia.
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Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Morelia — 3 nights

Morelia is a city and municipality in the north central part of the state of Michoacán in central Mexico. Explore hidden gems such as Centro Historico de Morelia and Jardin de las Rosas. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Acueducto de Morelia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de Guadalupe y Exconvento de San Diego, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Morelia, and ponder the design of Fuente de las Tarascas.

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Getting from Zacatecas to Morelia by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. September in Morelia sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

San Miguel de Allende — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vinedos Cuna de Tierra and Museo La Esquina. Change things up with a short trip to Plaza de Armas in Queretaro City (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Canada de la Virgen, make a trip to Zocalo, stroll around El Charco del Ingenio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of El Jardin.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Miguel de Allende road trip site.

Getting from Morelia to San Miguel de Allende by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. September in San Miguel de Allende sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tequisquiapan.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

Tequisquiapan — 2 nights

Tequisquiapan is a town and municipality located in the southeast of the state of Querétaro in central Mexico. On the 11th (Sun), look for gifts at Bocanegra Cava de Quesos, do a tasting at Freixenet Mexico, and then learn about winemaking at De Cote Casa Vitivinicola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Plaza Miguel Hidalgo and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Temazcal Tonatiu Iquzayampa.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tequisquiapan online road trip planner.

You can drive from San Miguel de Allende to Tequisquiapan in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Huasca de Ocampo.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Huasca de Ocampo — 1 night

Huasca de Ocampo is a town and municipality of the state of Hidalgo in central Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): wander the streets of Pueblo Magico de Huasca and then take in the dramatic natural features at Prismas Basalticos.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Huasca de Ocampo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tequisquiapan to Huasca de Ocampo takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Tequisquiapan in September, you will find days in Huasca de Ocampo are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ciudad Valles.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
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Ciudad Valles — 3 nights

Ciudad Valles is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Huasteca Potosina and Cascadas de Tamasopo. Escape the urban bustle at Tamul Waterfalls and MS Xpediciones. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ciudad Valles: Embarcadero La Morena (in Xilitla) and Desarrollo Ecoturistico Ejidal Indigena Pame Puente de Dios (in Tamasopo).

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You can drive from Huasca de Ocampo to Ciudad Valles in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Veracruz.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Veracruz — 3 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Villa Del Mar and Wax Museum of Veracruz. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Los Voladores of Papantla, explore the historical opulence of San Juan de Ulua, see the interesting displays at Museum of the City, and learn about all things military at Museo Naval Mexico.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ciudad Valles to Veracruz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

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.
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