25 days in Guatemala, Belize & Mexico Itinerary

25 days in Guatemala, Belize & Mexico Itinerary

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25 days in Guatemala, Belize & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
+2
Fly + Drive + shuttle:  17​h
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Cayo, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
3
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Brussels, Belgium

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), look for gifts at Casa de Artes, stop by Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum, stop by La Casa del Algodon, then stop by Joyeria C'Santos Antigua, then stop by Mercado de Artesanias, and finally look for gifts at Los Colores de la Tierra. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Xibalba Joyas, then look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, then delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Antigua trip planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Antigua is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, car, bus, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brussels to Antigua. Traveling from Brussels in November, expect Antigua to be much warmer, temps between 27°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Antigua

Shopping Historic Sites Classes
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Casa de Artes ©
Casa de Artes
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Mercado de Artesanias ©
Mercado de Artesanias

2
nights
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Escape the urban bustle at Green Iguana Conservation Project and MayaWalk Tours. For shopping fun, head to The Orange Gallery or Rubba Dub Soap Shop. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Back to My Roots and explore the ancient world of Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayo road trip planner.

Getting from Antigua to Cayo by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Antigua in November: high temperatures in Cayo hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Cayo

Tours Outdoors Transportation
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MayaWalk Tours ©
MayaWalk Tours
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum
The Orange Gallery ©
The Orange Gallery

3
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef) and Cavetubing5star. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Aria Kat Art and Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belize City: Caye Caulker (Scuba & Snorkeling & Red Flower Gallery). It doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha and stop by Caribbean Spice Belize.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Belize City driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cayo to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. November in Belize City sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Wildlife Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Caye Caulker, Belize District
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Do your shopping at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More and The Rum, Cigar and Coffee House. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Mexico Rocks. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at 12 Belize, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro journey maker .

San Pedro is just a short distance from Belize City. In November in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Mexico Rocks ©
Mexico Rocks

3
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Do your shopping at Diamonds International and La Casa de las Hamacas. Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Playa Paraiso. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Palancar Reef (in Cozumel) and Tulum (Scuba & Snorkeling & Grand Cenote). There's more to do: look for gifts at Vidrio Soplado Mexicano.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen journey maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cozumel
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for gifts at Arte de Mexico, contemplate the long history of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then identify plant and animal life at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Coyoacan, then contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and then make a trip to Zocalo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City visit site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Playa del Carmen in November: highs in Mexico City hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan
Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe ©

6
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Explore hidden gems such as Old Vallarta and Sayulita Beach. Head to Hamaca Maya and Faith Colectivafor some retail therapy. Explore Puerto Vallarta's surroundings by going to Nuevo Vallarta (Nuevo Vallarta Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Galeria Tanana (in Sayulita) and Platanitos Playa Beach (in Platanitos). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Animas, get to know the fascinating history of Zona Romantica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boca de Tomatlan Beach, and look for gifts at Eccentrica.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Mexico City in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Puerto Vallarta: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Sayulita, Playa Las Animas, Hamaca Maya, Boca de Tomatlan Beach
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Playa Las Animas ©
Playa Las Animas
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta

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