23 days in Mexico Itinerary

23 days in Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Monterrey
1
Monterrey
— 9 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Puebla
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h
3
Mexico City
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Queretaro City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Guadalajara
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Monterrey
— 1 night
End: Monterrey

9
nights
Monterrey

Monterrey ©
An industrial powerhouse and a major transportation hub close to the Texas border, Monterrey offers visitors a blend of culture, art, and history.
Venture out of the city with trips to Saltillo (Museo del Desierto, Catedral de Santiago de Saltillo, & more) and Cola de Caballo Centro Recreativo (in Cieneguilla). There's still lots to do: walk around Parque Fundidora, get engrossed in the history at 3 Museos, see the interesting displays at Museo del Acero Horno 3, and get to know the fascinating history of Paseo de Santa Lucia.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monterrey trip planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Monterrey. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puebla.

Things to do in Monterrey

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saltillo, Estadio Universitario, Cola de Caballo Centro Recreativo
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Parque Ecologico Chipinque ©
Parque Ecologico Chipinque
Parque Fundidora ©
Parque Fundidora
Paseo de Santa Lucia ©
Paseo de Santa Lucia

3
nights
Puebla

Puebla ©
Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plaza de la Concordia, Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios, Tuneles de Puebla, and other attractions you added. Take a break from Puebla with a short trip to Tonantzintla in San Andres Cholula, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), experience the excitement of Estrella de Puebla, pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra, and take a stroll through Zocalo.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Puebla holiday planner .

You can fly from Monterrey to Puebla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Puebla sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

San Pedro Cholula, Tonantzintla
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Templo San Francisco Acatepec ©
Templo San Francisco Acatepec

4
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Turibus, Museo Memoria y Tolerancia and Coyoacan. Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Puebla to Mexico City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In December in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Queretaro City.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Sacro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of El Jardin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, and then stroll around El Charco del Ingenio.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Queretaro City online journey planner .

You can drive from Mexico City to Queretaro City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for Guadalajara.

Things to do in Queretaro City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

San Miguel de Allende
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Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Charco del Ingenio ©
El Charco del Ingenio

3
nights
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.
Step out of Guadalajara with an excursion to El Diente in Zapopan--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalajara Cathedral, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico Guadalajara, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Universidad.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Guadalajara trip planner .

Traveling by car from Queretaro City to Guadalajara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. January in Guadalajara sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 7°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Monterrey.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

El Diente
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Acuario Michin Guadalajara ©
Acuario Michin Guadalajara
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas
Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple

1
night
Monterrey

Monterrey
To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monterrey travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Guadalajara to Monterrey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Monterrey

Parks Museums Shopping
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