31 days in Mexico, Panajachel & Antigua Itinerary

31 days in Mexico, Panajachel & Antigua Itinerary

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31 days in Mexico, Panajachel & Antigua Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 30​min
2
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 3 nights
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
4
Oaxaca, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
5
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h 30​min
7
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
8
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
9
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Adelaide, Australia

4
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa del Amor and Medano Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of Saint Luke and La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, view the masterpieces at Whimsical Art Cabo, shop like a local with Golden Cactus Gallery, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary planning site .

Adelaide, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 16 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in August; daily highs in Cabo San Lucas reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Turquesa Jewelry and Art ©
La Turquesa Jewelry and Art
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor
Medano Beach ©
Medano Beach

3
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende ©
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and El Jardin. Popular historic sites such as Historic Center of Santiago de Queretaro and Plaza de Armas are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Teatro de la Republica (in Queretaro City), Guanajuato (Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato & Alhondiga de Granaditas) and Dolores Hidalgo (Church of the Grito & Vinedos Cuna de Tierra). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Museo La Esquina, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Fabrica La Aurora, and browse the collection at Biblioteca Pública de San Miguel de Allende.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Miguel de Allende trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cabo San Lucas to San Miguel de Allende takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to San Miguel de Allende due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cabo San Lucas, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in San Miguel de Allende, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Queretaro City, Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato
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Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
El Jardin ©
El Jardin
Museo La Esquina ©
Museo La Esquina

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Center (Centro Historico) and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Reforma, and browse the different shops at Coyoacan.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mexico City driving holiday site .

You can drive from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from San Miguel de Allende in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Historic Center (Centro Historico) ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

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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 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, then see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Soledad, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Oaxaca Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Playa La Bocana, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Union de Palenqueros de Oaxaca, and finally explore the ancient world of Monte Alban.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Oaxaca trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oaxaca, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Panajachel.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa La Bocana
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Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban

4
nights
Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iximche and Colonial Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Catarina Palopo Church and La Galeria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panajachel: San Marcos La Laguna (Spas & Wellness & Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve) and Santa Cruz La Laguna (Manos Crucenas Artisan Store & Santa Cruz Spanish School). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Lake Atitlan, browse the different shops at Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, examine the collection at Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Panajachel trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Oaxaca to Panajachel in 14.5 hours. When traveling from Oaxaca in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Panajachel, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Antigua.

Things to do in Panajachel

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Santa Cruz La Laguna, Santa Catarina Palopo, San Marcos La Laguna, Colonial Church, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church
Iximche ©
Iximche

3
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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.
Iglesia de La Merced and Casa Santo Domingo Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Convento de las Capuchinas and Arco de Santa Catalina for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Joyeria C'Santos Antigua.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Antigua tour itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Panajachel to Antigua in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tulum.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Akumal Beach and Mayan Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 24th (Mon) at Xel-Ha. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and shop like a local with Balam Art On Feathers.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Antigua to Tulum takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Antigua to Tulum. Traveling from Antigua in August, expect Tulum to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Adventure Theme Parks

Side Trips

Xel-Ha, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

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Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
On the 24th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Chichen Itza trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tulum in August, with highs in Chichen Itza at 39°C and lows at 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Valladolid
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man
Casa de los Venados ©
Casa de los Venados

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Isla Shopping Village and Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado. Change things up with a short trip to Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 29th (Sat) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of El Rey Archaeological Zone, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and don't miss a visit to Av Kukulkan.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cancun tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Cancun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Cancun sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

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