26 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

26 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

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26 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h
7
Belize City, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Chankanaab Reef. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cozumel Pearl Farm, get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall, and explore the striking landscape at Palancar Reef.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cozumel tour itinerary planning site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Cozumel is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In October, Cozumel is somewhat warmer than Lisbon - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Chankanaab Reef ©
Chankanaab Reef

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Gran Cenote. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Las Pinturas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xcaret Park (in Playa del Carmen). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Tulum day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

3
nights
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.
Visiting Cenote Ik kil and Zazil Tunich will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Chichen Itza and Temple of the Bearded Man. Venture out of the city with trips to Valladolid (Cenote Xkeken & Casa de los Venados), Santuario de los Santos Reyes (in Tizimin) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

For other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chichen Itza when traveling from Tulum in October, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valladolid, Ek Balam, Santuario de los Santos Reyes
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

4
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.
Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Zocalo will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo de Frida Kahlo. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Ensenanza.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Mexico City in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chichen Itza to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Chichen Itza, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

4
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 Mexico Rocks. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Shark Ray Alley, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro planning website .

You can fly from Mexico City to San Pedro in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Pedro: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
On the 11th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore and take pictures at Tikal.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Tikal National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal

6
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and Altun Ha. Take a break from the city and head to Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef) and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Studio Gallery Cayetano (in Dangriga) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize, get a new perspective on nature at St John's Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum.

Discover how to plan a Belize City trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to Belize City in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belize District, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, Studio Gallery Cayetano, The Belize Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

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