34 days in Mexico City, Guatemala & Puerto Rico Itinerary

34 days in Mexico City, Guatemala & Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Start: Mexico City, Mexico
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15 h 30 min
4
Rincon, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 5 nights
Fly:  30 min
6
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  2 h
8
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 5 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

4
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan) and Spanish Language Institute - Day Course (in Cuernavaca). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, Spanish Language Institute - Day Course
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Catedral Metropolitana, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Antigua online holiday planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Antigua in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Antigua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

3
nights
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Quetzaltenango ©
Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and Xetulul Theme Park (in Retalhuleu). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, get impressive views of Santa Maria Volcano, pause for some photo ops at Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango, and look for gifts at Ketzali Accessories.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Quetzaltenango journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Antigua to Quetzaltenango takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Antigua in September: high temperatures in Quetzaltenango hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rincon.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fuentes Georginas, Xetulul Theme Park
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
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Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

3
nights
Rincon, Puerto Rico

A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rincon: Ponce (Parque de Bombas & Museo de Arte de Ponce), Casa Dona Bisa and Museo Historia San Sebastian (in San Sebastian) and Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy (in Camuy). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Crashboat Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at El Faro Lighthouse.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Quetzaltenango to Rincon. Traveling from Quetzaltenango to Rincon, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in September, expect Rincon to be much hotter, temps between 38°C and 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Rincon

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ponce, Casa Dona Bisa and Museo Historia San Sebastian, Crashboat Beach, Horseback Riding Tours, Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy ©

5
nights
Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Culebra is known for beaches, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach, stroll through Brava Beach, step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Culebra trip planner.

Getting from Rincon to Culebra by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:
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Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

5
nights
San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Step out of San Juan to go to Luquillo and see Luquillo Beach, which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, enjoy the sand and surf at Pine Grove Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Las Americas.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Juan online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Culebra to San Juan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico, Luquillo Beach, Pine Grove Beach
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan

3
nights
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Forest ©
Get out of town with these interesting El Yunque National Forest side-trips: Fajardo (Scuba & Snorkeling & Icacos Island) and Carabali Rainforest Park (in Luquillo).

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest trip maker site.

Traveling by car from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in El Yunque National Forest are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fajardo, Luquillo, Bosque Nacional El Yunque, Zipline
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Carabali Rainforest Park ©
Carabali Rainforest Park
Zipline

5
nights
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

Isla de Vieques ©
For sixty years until 2003, most of the Isla de Vieques was closed off to the public, with the US Navy using the island's beaches and surrounding waters for drills and testing of new military machinery, such as bombs.
Isla de Vieques is known for nature, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Sun Bay Beach, deepen your knowledge of military history at Camp Garcia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, and take a leisurely stroll along Malecon.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
La Chiva ©
La Chiva

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