27 days in Mexico & Belize Itinerary

27 days in Mexico & Belize Itinerary

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Start: Mexico City, Mexico
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Puebla, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Oaxaca, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Palenque, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Merida, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
6
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 30 min
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

5
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Mexico City, Mexico

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip itinerary builder website.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

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

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Puebla, Mexico

Puebla ©
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 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santo Domingo (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), and then see the interesting displays at Amparo Museum (Museo Amparo). Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Zocalo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra, and then take in panoramic vistas at Estrella de Puebla.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puebla holiday planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Puebla by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. January in Puebla sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) ©
Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario)
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Puebla Cathedra

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Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Soledad, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then look for gifts at Antiga by VM, and finally explore the ancient world of Monte Alban. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Tule Tree and then make a trip to Hierve el Agua.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Oaxaca holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Puebla to Oaxaca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Puebla in January, with highs in Oaxaca at 32°C and lows at 10°C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palenque.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Tule Tree
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
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Basilica de la Soledad

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Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 7th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", then don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha and then admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Palenque trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Palenque takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Museums
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Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

2
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Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, then see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, and then admire the striking features of Plaza Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the fine beverages at Posheria Merida and then make a trip to Paseo de Montejo.

Plan trip to Merida with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Merida in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Palenque to Merida, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Merida, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Plaza Grande ©
Plaza Grande
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya ©
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

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Cancun, Mexico

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and finally stop by Tattooarte. On your second day here, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cancun online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Merida to Cancun takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Merida in January, expect nights in Cancun to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Tattooarte ©
Tattooarte

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Fernando Rodriguez and then find something for the whole family at Xcaret.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Tulum takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for San Pedro.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Climbing Tours

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tulum to San Pedro takes 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Skydiving

2
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Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
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.
On the 18th (Mon), see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Estuary of Caye Caulker, then stop by Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at The Split, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then browse the exhibits of Red Flower Gallery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Caye Caulker trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Pedro to Caye Caulker in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Belize City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
The Split ©
The Split
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize, and pause for some photo ops at The Belize Sign Monument.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Belize City tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Caye Caulker to Belize City takes 2 hours. In January in Belize City, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Hole National Park, The Belize Zoo
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Zipline
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
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Blue Hole National Park