8 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

8 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Mexico City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
San Juan Teotihuacan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Tamiahua
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Puebla
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Mexico City

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City day trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Mexico City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Toronto, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Juan Teotihuacan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

1
night
San Juan Teotihuacan

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
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.
On the 10th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museo Manuel Gamio Centro de Estudios Teotihuacanos, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, and then steep yourself in history at Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan Teotihuacan trip website .

You can drive from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Tamiahua.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites Museums
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1
night
Tamiahua

Tamiahua ©
On the 11th (Mon), head off the coast to Isla Lobos.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tamiahua trip itinerary site .

You can drive from San Juan Teotihuacan to Tamiahua in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Puebla.

Things to do in Tamiahua

Nature Parks
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Isla Lobos ©
Isla Lobos

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra, pause for some serene contemplation at Tonantzintla, then stop by La monarca, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario).

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puebla route builder site .

Getting from Tamiahua to Puebla by car takes about 5 hours. November in Puebla sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

La monarca, Tonantzintla
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Puebla Cathedra ©
Puebla Cathedra
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo) ©
Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo)

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