8 days in Mexico City, Queretaro & Puebla Itinerary

8 days in Mexico City, Queretaro & Puebla Itinerary

Make it your trip
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Queretaro City
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Bus to Mexico City, Fly to Bogota


Mexico City — 4 nights

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and make a trip to Paseo de la Reforma.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary builder site.

Bogota, Colombia to Mexico City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bogota to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. December in Mexico City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Queretaro City.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

Queretaro City — 1 night

With a World Heritage-listed town center, Queretaro offers plenty of colonial charm appealing to visitors looking to add a bit of history and culture to their vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): make a trip to Templo y ex-convento de la Santa Cruz de los Milagros, make a trip to Convento de Santa Clara, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Peña de Bernal.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Queretaro City sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Mexico City to Queretaro City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Queretaro City can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Puebla.
Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Zocalo, examine the collection at Museo Amparo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario). Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra and then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo San Francisco Acatepec.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puebla attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Queretaro City to Puebla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and 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 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Queretaro travel guide

Geologic Formations · Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards
At the very center of Mexico, the tiny state of Queretaro encompasses a range of ecosystems, from arid deserts to tropical rainforests. A trip to Queretaro reveals a compact area once controlled by the powerful Aztec Empire, which now contains mostly small towns, agricultural villages, and family-run ranches. Despite its small size, this state is packed with pleasant surprises, from historically significant sites and wildlife-rich biosphere reserves, to major pre-Columbian ruins. One of the most popular places to visit in Queretaro is La Pena de Bernal, one of the world's tallest and oldest monoliths, formed by natural forces at least 60 million years ago.