20 days in North America Itinerary

20 days in North America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Mexico tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Playa del Carmen
— 1 night
Shuttle
2
Bacalar
— 3 nights
Shuttle
3
Playa del Carmen
— 8 nights
Fly
4
Mexico City
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Tepoztlan
— 2 nights
Drive to Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Fly to Guatemala City

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Playa del Carmen

— 1 night
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
On the 20th (Mon), look for gifts at Vidrio Soplado Mexicano and then explore the world behind art at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen journey maker tool.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guatemala City to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Guatemala City in December, with highs in Playa del Carmen at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Bacalar.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Shopping · Museums
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Bacalar

— 3 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. Bacalar is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, wander the wide-open spaces of Num Ka'an Ranch, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Masajes Txape.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Bacalar route builder website.

You can take a shuttle from Playa del Carmen to Bacalar in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Playa del Carmen in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife
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Playa del Carmen

— 8 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site, Mayan Beach, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Spend the 25th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Enjoy Playa del Carmen some more: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, stop by Vidrio Soplado Mexicano, explore the world behind art at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen travel route website.

Getting from Bacalar to Playa del Carmen by shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bacalar in December: highs in Playa del Carmen hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Mexico City

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Playa del Carmen, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tepoztlan.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Tepoztlan

— 2 nights
Tepoztlán is a town in the Mexican state of Morelos. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): browse the different shops at Mercado and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tepozteco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco and then browse the exhibits of Robert Brady Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tepoztlan day trip planning app.

Getting from Mexico City to Tepoztlan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Mexico City in January, expect Tepoztlan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tepoztlan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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