31 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

31 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

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31 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
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
Fly:  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
Drive:  33​h
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Diving and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Step out of Cancun with an excursion to National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos in Puerto Morelos--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia Cancun, browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica El Meco.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cancun trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Cancun is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Cancun is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect Cancun to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Morelos, Fishing Charters & Tours, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
Highlights from your plan
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and San Francisco Reef. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palancar Reef and El Paso del Cedral Reef. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Galo Art Studio, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel), and explore the gorgeous colors at Paseo El Cedral Reef.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cozumel visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Cozumel takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cozumel are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 Cenote Santa Cruz and Shark Diving. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. When in Tulum, make a side trip to see Cenote Chikin Ha in Playa del Carmen, approximately 38 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 21st (Wed) at Xel-Ha. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, admire the striking features of IK Lab, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 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 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Temozon.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Xel-Ha, Cenote Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park
Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Shark Diving

2
nights
Temozon, Mexico

Temozon
Temozón Municipality is one of the 106 subdivisions of the State of Yucatán in Mexico. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ek Balam and Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Convent of San Bernardino of Siena and Zazil Tunich. Change things up with these side-trips from Temozon: Valladolid (Cenote Palomitas & Cenote Agua Dulce). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Xkeken, contemplate the waterfront views at X'Canche Cenote, examine the collection at Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico -- MUREM, and look for all kinds of wild species at Xkopek Parque Apicola.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Temozon sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Temozon takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulum in August; daily highs in Temozon reach 39°C and lows reach 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to 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 ©
On the 27th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Chinchorro Reef. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, explore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables, then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, and finally explore the ancient world of Ake's Mayan ruins.

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 29th (Thu) 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 29th (Thu): examine the collection at Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena, delve into the distant past at Kabah, get outside with Mirador de Muna, then see the interesting displays at Choco Story, and finally explore the ancient world of Uxmal.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Uxmal trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Uxmal by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Chichen Itza in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Uxmal, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Uxmal

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kabah, Mirador de Muna, Museo de Las Momias de Santa Elena
Highlights from your plan
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Mirador de Muna ©
Mirador de Muna
Choco Story ©
Choco Story

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 Playas de Catazaja. Get a sense of the local culture at Iglesia Santo Domingo and Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier". It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Roberto Barrios and see the interesting displays at Museo Del Textil.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Palenque online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Uxmal to Palenque in 7 hours. Another option is to fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uxmal to Palenque due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a bus to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Museums

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
Cascadas de Misol-Ha
Cascadas de Misol-Ha

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 2nd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Nicolas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Guadalupe Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Huitepec Ecological Reserve. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Reserva Moxviquil, view the masterpieces at Arteria Chiapas, 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 September, daily temperatures in San Cristobal de las Casas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
The Guadalupe Church ©
The Guadalupe Church
Iglesia de San Nicolas ©
Iglesia de San Nicolas
Huitepec Ecological Reserve ©
Huitepec Ecological Reserve

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 4th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Tikal.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park tour itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Cristobal de las Casas to Tikal National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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 Nature

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 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan.

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 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan la Laguna.

Things to do in San Lucas Toliman

Nature Parks 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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): head outdoors with Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, identify plant and animal life at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, and then stop by Asociacion de Mujeres en Colores Botanico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Peter, then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Imox, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Juan la Laguna trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from San Lucas Toliman to San Juan la Laguna takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in San Juan la Laguna are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can 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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