35 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

35 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

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35 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 4 nights
3
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
4
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+4
ferry + bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Cozumel, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Bacalar, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
14
Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
15
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

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night
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Zocalo, get a taste of the local shopping with Yawi Arte Tradicional, then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and finally explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Mexico City is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Mexico City is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in September; daily highs in Mexico City reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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4
nights
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. Shop till you drop at Arteria Chiapas and ENZUE, Art gallery & studio. Museum-lovers will appreciate LeK Museo - Arte - Galeria and Foro Cultural Kinoki. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo del Carmen, make a trip to Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Guadalupe Church, and take an in-depth tour of Na Bolom Cultural Centre.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to San Cristobal de las Casas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in September; daily highs in San Cristobal de las Casas reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Canon del Sumidero
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Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Museo del Ambar ©
Museo del Ambar
Templo del Carmen ©
Templo del Carmen

3
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.
Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Belfinart will appeal to museum buffs. Iglesia de La Merced and Convento de las Capuchinas will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua road trip site .

Take a shuttle from San Cristobal de las Casas to Antigua in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in October, expect Antigua to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

3
nights
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Atitlan and Tarrales Natural Reserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cojolya Museum and Store and Colonial Church. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago Atitlan side-trips: San Lucas Toliman (Volcan Atitlan, The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute, & more).

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago Atitlan trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to Santiago Atitlan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

San Lucas Toliman, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan
Volcano Toliman ©
Volcano Toliman

2
nights
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

San Pedro La Laguna
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
On the 8th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Tzunun' Ya', then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Indian Nose, then look for gifts at Atitlan Women Weavers, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter. On your second day here, get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro La Laguna day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to San Pedro La Laguna takes an hour. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in October, plan for slightly colder nights in San Pedro La Laguna, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Nature Parks Museums
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Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose
Atitlan Women Weavers ©
Atitlan Women Weavers

2
nights
Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Cerro Biotope Cahui and then delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores and then identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To find maps and tourist information, read Flores day trip tool .

Getting from San Pedro La Laguna to Flores by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in October: high temperatures in Flores hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

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hours
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Guatemala City day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Flores to Guatemala City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Flores in October, with highs in Guatemala City at 28°C and lows at 19°C. You'll set off for Cancun on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Guatemala City

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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2
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at La Isla Shopping Village and Mayan Museum of Cancun. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Delfines and Swim with Dolphins. Spend the 14th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Guatemala City to Cancun takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guatemala City to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Cancun is somewhat warmer than Guatemala City - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines

2
nights
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
On the 15th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte, stop by Pau Pao Desing, and then examine the collection at Captain Dulche's Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Punta Sur and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Isla Mujeres using our trip planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in 1.5 hours. In October in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip tool .

You can drive from Isla Mujeres to Playa del Carmen in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Los Fundadores ©
Parque Los Fundadores

2
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.
Shop till you drop at Galo Art Studio and Diamonds International. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at The Mayan Cacao Company, see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef, and stroll through Playa Palancar.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cozumel attractions planner.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Cenotes Dos Ojos, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, and finally shop like a local with Balam Art On Feathers. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Xel-Ha.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tulum tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

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night
Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Plan my trip to Bacalar with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Tulum to Bacalar in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in October: highs in Bacalar hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe

1
night
Cancun, Mexico

On the 26th (Sat), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, and then hunt for treasures at Mercado 28.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bacalar to Cancun. While traveling from Bacalar, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cancun, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Shark Diving
Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
Spas

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center (Centro Historico), then delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then wander the streets of Coyoacan.

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Getting from Cancun to Mexico City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cancun in October, with highs in Mexico City at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Historic Center (Centro Historico) ©
Historic Center (Centro Historico)
Museo de Frida Kahlo ©
Museo de Frida Kahlo

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