28 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

28 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

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28 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
+7
Shuttle + Taxi + Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  8 h 45 min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Get outdoors at Zipline and Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Zona Romantica. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Vallarta: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Sayulita) and Spas (in Bucerias). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Los Muertos Beach, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, and take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Puerto Vallarta. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Puerto Vallarta at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Spas, Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Kayaking & Canoeing, Marietas Islands
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Zipline
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Museo del Templo Mayor. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Zocalo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, admire the landmark architecture of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

Make your Mexico City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, Mexico City is slightly colder than Puerto Vallarta - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo
Zocalo

5
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Akumal Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Temple of the Big Tables. Venture out of the city with trips to Tulum (Paradise Beach & Gran Cenote), Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village) and Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza & Plataforma de Venus). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Delfines, buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in June, things will get a bit warmer in Playa del Carmen: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tulum, Chichen Itza, Cancun, Ek Balam, Akumal Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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 Secret Beach Belize. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro vacation tool.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mexico Rocks ©
Mexico Rocks

4
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Get a sense of the local culture at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and Tanah Mayan Art Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Blue Hole National Park and Barton Creek Cave. Venture out of the city with trips to Rio On Pools (in Augustine) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, take in the exciting artwork at Cappello's Art Gallery, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read San Ignacio trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to San Ignacio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cayo, Rio On Pools, Blue Hole National Park, Tanah Mayan Art Museum, The Belize Zoo
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Volcán Pacaya and Volcan de Agua. Visit Iglesia de La Merced and Iglesia de San Francisco for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, &more). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral de Santiago.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from San Ignacio to Antigua in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June in Antigua, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

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