29 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

29 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

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29 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Tulum, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Temozon, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Uxmal, Mexico
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Palenque, Mexico
— 2 nights
8
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h
9
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  33​h
End: New York City, United States

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos. Keep things going the next day: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco.

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

Chicago, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect Cancun to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
Highlights from your plan
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
Shark Diving
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel) and Museo de la Isla de Cozumel. You'll get in some beach time at Playa El Cielo and El Mirador. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef, identify plant and animal life at San Francisco Reef, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore the striking landscape at El Paso del Cedral Reef.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Cancun to Cozumel in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cozumel are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
San Francisco Reef ©
San Francisco Reef

5
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 Chikin Ha and Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. The adventure continues: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, and Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum travel route planning tool .

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August in Tulum, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Temozon.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cenote Santa Cruz, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Shark Diving

2
nights
Temozon, Mexico

Temozon
Temozón Municipality is one of the 106 subdivisions of the State of Yucatán in Mexico. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ek Balam and Cenote Xkeken. Get in touch with nature at Zazil Tunich and Cenote Palomitas. Step out of Temozon to go to Valladolid and see Cenote Agua Dulce, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xux Ha, see the interesting displays at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, and take in the dramatic natural features at X'Canche Cenote.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Temozon online journey maker .

You can drive from Tulum to Temozon in 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in August: high temperatures in Temozon hover around 39°C and lows are around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Temozon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Valladolid, Ek Balam Village
Highlights from your plan
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Convent of San Bernardino of Siena ©
Cenote Xkeken ©
Cenote Xkeken

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Chinchorro Reef, identify plant and animal life at Celestan Biosphere Reserve, then delve into the distant past at Temple of the Big Tables, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, then delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza online travel planner .

Drive from Temozon to Chichen Itza in an hour. In August in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uxmal.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yucatan Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

1
day
Uxmal, Mexico

Uxmal ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Kabah, get outside with Mirador de Muna, then examine the collection at Choco Story, and finally explore the ancient world of Uxmal.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Uxmal tour planner .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Uxmal takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Uxmal when traveling from Chichen Itza in August, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Uxmal

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Kabah, Mirador de Muna
Highlights from your plan
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Mirador de Muna ©
Mirador de Muna
Kabah ©
Kabah

2
nights
Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Agua Azul Waterfalls. Take a break from the city and head to Cascada de Roberto Barrios and Cascadas de Misol-Ha. Go for a jaunt from Palenque to Catazaja to see Playas de Catazaja about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Aluxes Palenque, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Palenque trip planner .

You can drive from Uxmal to Palenque in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Playas de Catazaja
Highlights from your plan
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Cascada de Roberto Barrios ©
Cascada de Roberto Barrios
Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls

1
night
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
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. On the 31st (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Huitepec Ecological Reserve, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Guadalupe Church, and finally explore the ancient world of Reserva Moxviquil. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Nicolas, and then see the interesting displays at Steps in San Cristobal.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas route website .

Take a bus from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in San Cristobal de las Casas can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
The Guadalupe Church ©
The Guadalupe Church
Iglesia de San Nicolas ©
Iglesia de San Nicolas

1
day
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Tikal and then examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park online holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from San Cristobal de las Casas to Tikal National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal

2
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.
You've now added Volcán Pacaya to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and then get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, examine the collection at La Azotea, then delve into the distant past at La Recoleccion, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Antigua tour planner.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Antigua by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Lucas Toliman.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

La Azotea
Highlights from your plan
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

1
night
San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala

San Lucas Toliman ©
San Lucas Tolimán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Lucas Toliman day trip planner .

Getting from Antigua to San Lucas Toliman by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in San Lucas Toliman

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Santiago Atitlan, Lake Atitlan
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Colonial Church ©
Colonial Church

2
nights
San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala

San Juan la Laguna ©
San Juan La Laguna is a municipality on the southern shore of Lago de Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at Tzunun' Ya', then look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Peter, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, then stop by Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico, and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Juan la Laguna route planner.

Traveling by car from San Lucas Toliman to San Juan la Laguna takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan la Laguna

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Church of St Peter ©
Church of St Peter
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro

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