23 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

23 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  13​h
1
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
5
Hopkins, Belize
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h
7
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Cozumel, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

3
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Get outdoors at Playa Delfines and Swim with Dolphins. Popular historic sites such as Punta Sur and El Rey Archaeological Zone are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Playa Norte (in Isla Mujeres) and Spas (in Puerto Morelos). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun road trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cancun is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in October: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

1
night
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 30th (Wed), explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, then explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dzibichaltun
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

4
nights
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.
Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ek Balam and Las Pinturas. Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Playa del Carmen (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, stroll through Akumal Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote.

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Drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tulum when traveling from Chichen Itza in October, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Ek Balam, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Escape the urban bustle at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd., and view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Pedro road trip website .

Do a combination of bus, car, and flight from Tulum to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tulum to San Pedro due to the time zone difference. November in San Pedro sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hopkins.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

1
night
Hopkins, Belize

Hopkins ©
Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Studio Gallery Cayetano, then get engrossed in the history at Gulisi Garifuna Museum, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hopkins travel planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Hopkins takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Hopkins

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Dangriga
Highlights from your plan
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Studio Gallery Cayetano ©
Studio Gallery Cayetano
Gulisi Garifuna Museum ©
Gulisi Garifuna Museum

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park trip builder tool .

Drive from Hopkins to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal

3
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Zocalo. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center (Centro Historico), examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, browse the exhibits of Museo del Templo Mayor, and wander the streets of Coyoacan.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Tikal National Park to Mexico City. In November, daytime highs in Mexico City are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo ©
Zocalo

5
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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.
Popular historic sites such as San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueológica del Cedral are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cozumel Country Club. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Palancar, identify plant and animal life at Cozumel Pearl Farm, explore the striking landscape at Santa Rosa Wall, and admire the masterpieces at Galo Art Studio.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cozumel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in November; daily highs in Cozumel reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

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