43 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Belize Itinerary

43 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Belize Itinerary

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43 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Belize Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  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 see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City road trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Mexico City, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, Mexico City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel to Merida.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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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): delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Merida trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Mexico City to Merida in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Merida, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in October, with highs in Merida at 38°C and lows at 26°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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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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.
On the 6th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man.

Plan my day in Chichen Itza using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oaxaca to Chichen Itza in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Oaxaca to Chichen Itza is 1 hour. Traveling from Oaxaca in October, plan for much hotter nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can 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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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), pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalupe Chapel and then experience the excitement of Isla Mujeres Trips.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Chichen Itza to Isla Mujeres takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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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.
For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel to Tulum.

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Santa Cruz and then look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tulum online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro.

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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Chetumal, Mexico

Chetumal
Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chetumal itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chetumal takes 3 hours. Traveling from Tulum in October, you will find days in Chetumal are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Chetumal

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tulum to San Pedro by combination of bus, car, and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Tulum to San Pedro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll set off for Cozumel on the 20th (Sun).

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.
On the next day, explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro to Cozumel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Traveling from San Pedro to Cozumel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You will leave for Belize City on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

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Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Cavetubing5star.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Belize City trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cozumel to Belize City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. October in Belize City sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors
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Cavetubing5star ©
Cavetubing5star

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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.
To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Belize City to Lighthouse Reef Atoll in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Lighthouse Reef Atoll are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 14th (Mon), you're off toFlores.

Things to do in Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Parks Nature Wildlife
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mirador del Rey Canek and Museo del Islote Santa Barbara. Step out of Flores to go to El Remate and see Cerro Biotope Cahui, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing, head outdoors with Actún Can, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo, and explore the ancient world of Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Flores route builder website .

Explore your travel options from Lighthouse Reef Atoll to Flores with the Route module. October in Flores sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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.
You've now added Tikal to your itinerary. On the 18th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Tikal.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Flores to Tikal National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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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. You've now added Monumento Natural Semuc Champey to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): Head underground at Lanquin Caves.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin visit planner .

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 October, daytime highs in Lanquin are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
You've now added Volcán Pacaya to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, then don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and then explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo, contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, then take an in-depth tour of Centro Cultural La Azotea, and finally stop by Joyeria C'Santos Antigua.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Antigua trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Lanquin to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lanquin in October; daily highs in Antigua reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to San Lucas Toliman.

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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, then examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Atitlan, then take in the awesome beauty at Cerro de Oro, and then make a trip to San Antonio Palopo.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Lucas Toliman online visit planner .

You can drive from Antigua to San Lucas Toliman in 2.5 hours. November in San Lucas Toliman sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can 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
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

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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. On the 13th (Wed), get outside with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Imox, and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Juan la Laguna trip planner .

Getting from San Lucas Toliman to San Juan la Laguna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Lucas Toliman in November, San Juan la Laguna is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 25th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Mundo Petapa Irtra, examine the collection at Museo del Ferrocarril, admire the masterpieces at Palacio Nacional, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Guatemala City sightseeing app .

You can drive from San Juan la Laguna to Guatemala City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Guatemala City can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Mundo Petapa Irtra ©
Mundo Petapa Irtra
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Iglesia Yurrita ©
Iglesia Yurrita

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Monte Alban and Mercado Benito Juárez. Step out of Oaxaca to go to San Martin Tilcajete and see Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, stroll around Parque Juarez El Llano, take in the exciting artwork at Voces de Copal, and admire the striking features of Exconvento de San Pablo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Oaxaca tour itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oaxaca: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

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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