Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City or vice versa and weather....
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 5:18 PM Last Post By: siemprepatty
Nov 6, 2012 7:25 AM
I'd love to go away in January, but I remember that I was cold in Mexico City when I was there last year, and the weather was predicted, and turned out to be, not so great for that month that I would have spent travelling to PV.
SO, I guess January is the worst month for -- do you call it "central" Mexico? Is February any better, or should I try to hold of until March? Don't like hot, hot, hot, but don't really want hail showers either. Can't go before Christmas, have to be back by March 30.
Nov 6, 2012 7:43 AM
1It normally doesn't rain much January-March but nights can get chilly (temps can get near freezing) although generally days can get up to 70F. (I have actually got sunburnt in February in Central Mexico!) But if you can't stand cold nights then Central Mexico is at altitude and therefore bests avoided at that time.
Nov 6, 2012 7:58 AM
Nov 6, 2012 8:19 AM
3Here is a website that will give you historical weather information by city / by month. I suspect you will find most, if not all your potential destinations.
Nov 6, 2012 9:04 AM
Nov 6, 2012 9:03 PM
Nov 7, 2012 11:50 AM
6siemprepatty--As you've figured out, Mexico experiences seasonal temperature changes. It's a part of the world where March temperatures are moderate many places. But, altitude also matters. Here's another way to think about your plans.
You can decide not only when you'll travel, but also select the elevations where you'll spend your time. At any time of year, higher places are cooler/colder than lower ones. So, when when Mexico City is experiencing warmer/less cold weather than you experienced there last winter, PV and other coastal locations will be (your wording) "hot, hot, hot". There is no time of year, even March, when everywhere in Mexico simultaneously experiences Goldilocks pleasing 'just right' temperatures.
One response to this dilemma would be for you to simply accept experiencing weather somewhere that is either warmer or cooler than what you prefer. That's an inevitable result of traveling back and forth between low lying and high altitude places.
Or, consider spending little or no time in Mexico City (7,400 feet/2400 meters) during your winter trip. You could instead visit other culturally interesting urban destinations that happen to be located at somewhat lower elevations..
For example, Oaxaca, a place whose temperatures you probably found pleasant last winter, is located at about 5,100 feet/1,500 meters, as are Guadalajara and Cuernavaca. Some people retire in those cities, enjoying pleasant Goldilocks/'eternal spring' temperatures year round. Morelia, Guanajuato, and San Miguel de Allende are each located at about 6,500 feet/2,000 meters. Conditions may be slightly less 'wintry' in January in those places than they are sometimes in Mexico City.
If you've not yet visited them, why not explore Guadalajara, and perhaps also Guanajuato, during your upcoming trip? You could then fly out of either Guadalajara, or Leon (near Guanajuato), or Mexico City (after a one or two night stay there).
Nov 16, 2012 5:09 PM
7I went to Vallarta in January & the weather was perfect for hiking,swimming,tanning,whatever, not to mention all the humpback whales... Perhaps its just my s. tx blood, but central mexico's not hot until the summer, like june-august, so hot isn't something I think you'd have to worry about before march.
Nov 16, 2012 5:18 PM
8I just got an LP Mexico guide from the library, so will do some more reading/planning.
I'm almost thinking that with just a month, I should maybe do just half of what I was planning to do, and maybe visit some of the smaller places I have never heard of --- like Tequisquiapan. Boy, are some of these names ever difficult, but I can't let that stop me from going to them, eh?
I had such awful weather on my recent trip to the UK, that nothing in Mexico can be that bad!
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