13 days in Mexico Itinerary

13 days in Mexico Itinerary

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13 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Cartagena
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Mexico City
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Queretaro City
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
San Miguel de Allende
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Guanajuato
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Guadalajara
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Morelia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Cartagena

1
night
Mexico City

Mexico City
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Mexico City road trip planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to Mexico City is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cartagena to Mexico City. While traveling from Cartagena, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 9°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off to Queretaro City.

Things to do in Mexico City

Tours Museums Nightlife
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1
night
Queretaro City

Queretaro City ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Regional, then steep yourself in history at Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de los Conspiradores, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Queretaro MACQ, and then stroll the grounds of Panteon de los queretanos Ilustres.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Queretaro City trip planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Queretaro City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or fly. December in Queretaro City sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Historic Sites Museums
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Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo ©
Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Viterbo
Museo Regional ©
Museo Regional

1
night
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende ©
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.
On the 25th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Museo Histórico Casa de Allende, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Concepcion, take in the exciting artwork at Mr Poster, then stop by Abrazos San Miguel, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Jardin.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Miguel de Allende trip planning app.

You can drive from Queretaro City to San Miguel de Allende in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Guanajuato.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin
Iglesia de la Concepcion ©
Iglesia de la Concepcion

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nights
Guanajuato

Guanajuato ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Guanajuato spills over hilly terrain in central Mexico, luring visitors with its pleasant tree-shaded plazas and friendly sidewalk cafes.
On the 26th (Sat), examine the collection at Casa Museo Gene Byron, make a trip to Alhondiga de Granaditas, and then examine the collection at Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Ex-Hacienda del Cochero, see the interesting displays at Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato, ponder the design of Plaza de San Fernando, then examine the collection at Museo Ex Convento Dieguino, then admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Diego, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Guanajuato online visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Guanajuato takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Guadalajara.

Things to do in Guanajuato

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Casa Museo Gene Byron ©
Casa Museo Gene Byron
Alhondiga de Granaditas ©
Alhondiga de Granaditas
Iglesia de San Diego ©
Iglesia de San Diego

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Guadalajara

Guadalajara ©
One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalajara Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Rectoria de la Universidad de Guadalajara, and then stroll the grounds of Ajijic Cemetery. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, then explore the world behind art at MUSA Museo de las Artes Universidad de Guadalajara, and then stroll the grounds of Panteon de Belen.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Guadalajara trip planner.

Drive from Guanajuato to Guadalajara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In December in Guadalajara, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Morelia.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ajijic Cemetery
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Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Panteon de Belen ©
Panteon de Belen

2
nights
Morelia

Morelia ©
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 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Catedral de Morelia, then wander the streets of Centro Historico de Morelia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santa Rosa de Lima, and finally ponder the world of politics at Government Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Centro de Interpretacion Ruta Don Vasco, examine the collection at Museo Antiguo Convento Franciscano De Santa Ana de Tzintzuntzan, then delve into the distant past at Tzintzuntzan Archaeological Zone, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de la Compania de Jesus.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Morelia online visit planner.

Getting from Guadalajara to Morelia by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Morelia can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Morelia

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Patzcuaro, Tzintzuntzan
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Centro Historico de Morelia ©
Centro Historico de Morelia
Catedral de Morelia ©
Catedral de Morelia

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
On the 1st (Fri), examine the collection at Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, explore the world behind art at Franz Mayer Museum (Museo Franz Mayer), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, then stroll around Alameda Central, and finally don't miss a visit to Zocalo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the world behind art at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, then make a trip to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Morelia to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Morelia in December, plan for little chillier days in Mexico City, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museo Memoria y Tolerancia ©
Museo Memoria y Tolerancia
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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