43 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Belize Itinerary

43 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Belize Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
2
Merida, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— Few hours
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h
4
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
6
Tulum, Mexico
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Chetumal, Mexico
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  14 h 15 min
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Cozumel, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
10
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
11
Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8 h
12
Flores, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
13
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
14
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
15
Antigua, Guatemala
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
16
San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
17
San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
18
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 15 min
19
Oaxaca, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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Mexico City, Mexico

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 Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 as well as Teatro de la Ciudad.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mexico City route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in October since evenings lows in Mexico City dip to 14°C. You will leave for Merida on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Teatro de la Ciudad ©
Teatro de la Ciudad

1
night
Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Dzibilchaltún.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Merida tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Merida in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in October; daily highs in Merida reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Cenote X Batun ©
Cenote X Batun
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún

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hours
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Merida to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

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night
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
On the 17th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel and then take in the local highlights with Isla Mujeres Trips.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Chichen Itza to Isla Mujeres in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Isla Mujeres Trips ©
Isla Mujeres Trips
Guadalupe Chapel ©
Guadalupe Chapel

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. October in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. You'll set off for Tulum on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz and then stroll through LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Tulum are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Chetumal.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cenote Santa Cruz
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Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park

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hours
Chetumal, Mexico

Chetumal
Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chetumal travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chetumal takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in October: highs in Chetumal hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 26°C. You will leave for San Pedro on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Chetumal

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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1
night
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chetumal to San Pedro. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chetumal to San Pedro. When traveling from Chetumal in October, plan for little chillier days in San Pedro, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. On the 21st (Mon), you're off to Cozumel.

Things to do in San Pedro

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel ©
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Palancar Reef.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cozumel visit planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro to Cozumel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro to Cozumel. In October, daytime highs in Cozumel are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. You will leave for Belize City on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

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nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Belize City is known for adventure, wildlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Cavetubing5star.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Belize City road trip planner.

Fly from Cozumel to Belize City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll set off for Lighthouse Reef Atoll on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors
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Cavetubing5star ©
Cavetubing5star

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night
Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize

Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Home to the iconic Great Blue Hole--a giant marine sinkhole--Lighthouse Reef Atoll is a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers.
For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Belize City to Lighthouse Reef Atoll in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to Flores.

Things to do in Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Nature Parks
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Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro Biotope Cahui and Jorge's Rope Swing. When in Flores, make a side trip to see Mirador del Rey Canek in Peten, approximately Peten away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, explore the ancient world of Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, Head underground at Actún Can, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Flores day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lighthouse Reef Atoll to Flores. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mirador del Rey Canek, Actún Can, Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui
Mirador del Rey Canek ©
Mirador del Rey Canek

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Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for Lanquin on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monumento Natural Semuc Champey. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Lanquin trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Lanquin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

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Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Volcán Pacaya. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to ChocoMuseo and Cerro de la Cruz. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, look for gifts at Joyeria C'Santos Antigua, take an in-depth tour of Centro Cultural La Azotea, and don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip builder website.

You can drive from Lanquin to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lanquin in November, with highs in Antigua at 27°C and lows at 17°C. You'll set off for San Lucas Toliman on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Antigua

Nature Parks Museums
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala

San Lucas Toliman ©
San Lucas Tolimán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church, see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then explore the activities along Lake Atitlan. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Volcan Atitlan, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro de Oro, and then don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Lucas Toliman trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Antigua to San Lucas Toliman in 2.5 hours. In November in San Lucas Toliman, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in San Lucas Toliman

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santiago Atitlan, Lake Atitlan, Cerro de Oro
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan
San Antonio Palopo ©
San Antonio Palopo

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San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala

San Juan la Laguna
San Juan La Laguna is a municipality on the southern shore of Lago de Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox, and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan la Laguna vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Lucas Toliman to San Juan la Laguna takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Lucas Toliman in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Juan la Laguna, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Guatemala City.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Volcan San Pedro
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Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Galeria Imox ©
Galeria Imox

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Mundo Petapa Irtra, see the interesting displays at Museo del Ferrocarril, steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, then get a sense of history and politics at Edificio de Correos Central, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Yurrita.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Guatemala City trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from San Juan la Laguna to Guatemala City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Juan la Laguna in November since evenings lows in Guatemala City dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:
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Mundo Petapa Irtra ©
Mundo Petapa Irtra
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional

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Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monte Alban and Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. When in Oaxaca, make a side trip to see Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles in San Martin Tilcajete, approximately San Martin Tilcajete away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, hunt for treasures at Mercado Benito Juárez, view the masterpieces at Voces de Copal, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Jeronimo.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oaxaca day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Guatemala City to Oaxaca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Guatemala City in November, expect nights in Oaxaca to be little chillier, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. You will leave for home on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Oaxaca

Tours Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca

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