57 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

57 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

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Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 4 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Fly to Mexico City
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Puebla, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly
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Puerto Escondido, Mexico
— 10 nights
Fly
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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Palenque, Mexico
— 3 nights
Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Merida
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Merida, Mexico
— 2 nights
Unknown
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Holbox Island, Mexico
— 3 nights
Unknown
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Bacalar, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chetumal, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive
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Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights

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Cancun, Mexico — 2 nights

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.
Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip itinerary tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Cancun is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Dublin to Cancun, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Dublin in January, with highs in Cancun at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Isla Mujeres.
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Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Isla Mujeres, Mexico — 4 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Norte. Explore hidden gems such as Playa El Centro and Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Women's Beading Cooperative and explore the ancient world of Punta Sur.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Isla Mujeres trip maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.
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Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

Mexico City, Mexico — 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Trick Eye and Zona Arqueologica Tlatelolco. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Nacional de San Carlos and Square of the Three Cultures. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Antiguo Palacio de Iturbide, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sagrario Metropolitano, take a stroll through Tlalpan, and look for gifts at Bazar Fusion.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City itinerary planner.

Getting from Isla Mujeres to Mexico City by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Isla Mujeres to Mexico City. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Isla Mujeres in January: highs in Mexico City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Puebla.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:

Puebla, Mexico — 2 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Pasaje Historico del 5 de Mayo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Museo Viviente. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museo Regional de la Revolucion Mexicana - Puebla and then examine the collection at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Zetina.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puebla driving holiday app.

Traveling by shuttle from Mexico City to Puebla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Puebla can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Oaxaca.
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Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Oaxaca, Mexico — 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coyote Aventuras and Voces de Copal. Temple Tlacochahuaya and Convento de San Jeronimo will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Alvarez Bravo Photographic Center, contemplate the long history of Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina, and pick up some new knowledge with La Casa de las Artesanias de Oaxaca.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Oaxaca journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Puebla to Oaxaca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Puebla in January, with highs in Oaxaca at 32°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Puerto Escondido.
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Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Puerto Escondido, Mexico — 10 nights

Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Zipolite and Playa Principal de Puerto Escondido. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Coral and Playa Marinero. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Escondido: Playa del Amor (in Zipolite), Bahia Estacahuite (in Puerto Angel) and Mazunte (Santuario La Escobilla, Playa Mermejita, &more). Make the 11th (Fri) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hunt for treasures at El Mercado, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Central Surf Shop.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puerto Escondido online vacation planner.

Getting from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in February, expect warmer with lows of 26°C in Puerto Escondido. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to San Cristobal de las Casas.
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Find places to stay Feb 2 — 12:

San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico — 2 nights

San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Jtatik Samuel, then examine the collection at Museo del Ambar, Lilia Mijangos, and then see the interesting displays at Steps in San Cristobal.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Cristobal de las Casas trip planner.

You can fly from Puerto Escondido to San Cristobal de las Casas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Escondido in February, expect nights in San Cristobal de las Casas to be slightly colder, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Palenque.
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Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:

Palenque, Mexico — 3 nights

Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playas de Catazaja and Iglesia Santo Domingo. Get in touch with nature at Cascada de Roberto Barrios and Welib Ja Waterfalls. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Palenque day trip tool.

You can take a shuttle from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Merida.
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Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:

Merida, Mexico — 2 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Regional de Yucatán, Palacio Cantón and Nahualli Casa de los Artistas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Casa Museo Montes Molina and Museo Palacio de la Musica. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Popular, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Jesus, and look for gifts at B&G Atelier.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Merida trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Merida in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Merida are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can fly to Holbox Island.
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Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

Holbox Island, Mexico — 3 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Punta Cocos and Refugio Holbox. Escape the urban bustle at Punta Mosquito and Jimmy Tours Holbox.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Holbox Island online itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Merida to Holbox Island. While traveling from Merida, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Holbox Island, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to take a combination of to Playa del Carmen.
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Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:

Playa del Carmen, Mexico — 2 nights

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at 3D Museum of Wonders and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Vidrio Soplado Mexicano, cast your line with a fishing tour, then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and finally explore the galleries of Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Holbox Island to Playa del Carmen. In February in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Tulum.
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Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:

Tulum, Mexico — 2 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tulum Tower and then kick back and relax at Mayan Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tulum trip site.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. February in Tulum sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bacalar.
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Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Bacalar, Mexico — 2 nights

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. On the 27th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario del Manati and then explore the striking landscape at Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Eco Sailing and then relax and rejuvenate at Txape Masajes.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bacalar road trip site.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Bacalar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in February: highs in Bacalar hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Chetumal.
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Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:

Chetumal, Mexico — 2 nights

Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): head outdoors with Mayan World Adventures and then take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Ciudad. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Planetario yook' ol kaab and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Oxtankah.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chetumal journey planner.

Getting from Bacalar to Chetumal by car takes about an hour. In February in Chetumal, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to San Pedro.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:

San Pedro, Belize — 6 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Mexico Rocks. Museum-lovers will get to explore Belizean Arts and The Gallery of San Pedro. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach Belize, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chetumal to San Pedro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Chetumal to San Pedro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chetumal in March, you will find days in San Pedro are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Caye Caulker.
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Find places to stay Mar 2 — 8:

Caye Caulker, Belize — 2 nights

At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the gorgeous colors at Turneffe Reef. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Estuary of Caye Caulker, look for gifts at Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique, and then take in the exciting artwork at Red Flower Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Caye Caulker trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from San Pedro to Caye Caulker in 1.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Belize City.
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Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Belize City, Belize — 2 nights

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 11th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Yarborough Cemetery and then look for all kinds of wild species at H2o Tierra Ltd.. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Belize and then enjoy the sea views from Baron Bliss Lighthouse.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Belize City itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Caye Caulker to Belize City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Flores.
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Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Flores, Guatemala — 2 nights

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Actún Can, then get outside with Actún Can, and then examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Dos Pilas and then take in panoramic vistas at Mirador de Canek.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Flores tour website.

Traveling by car from Belize City to Flores takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Flores when traveling from Belize City in March, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Zipline · Beaches
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.
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Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.
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Guatemala travel guide

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Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.
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