38 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

38 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

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Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 7 nights
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Cozumel, Mexico

— 3 nights
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.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, visit a coastal fixture at Punta Molas Faro, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Cozumel trip maker app.

London, UK to Cozumel is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from London in October, things will get warmer in Cozumel: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

Chichen Itza, Mexico

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and then steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza online tour builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Chichen Itza takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Cozumel in November, Chichen Itza is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Tulum, Mexico

— 6 nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Xcaret, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of Tulum Tower.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum route planner.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tulum when traveling from Chichen Itza in November, with lows around 24°C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 8:

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park online holiday planner.

You can drive from Tulum to Tikal National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Antigua, Guatemala

— 7 nights
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 (Iglesia Santo domingo, La Aurora Zoo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua online day trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 16:

Oaxaca, Mexico

— 2 nights
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 17th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, and then hike along Coyote Aventuras. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Oaxaca visit website.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to Oaxaca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Antigua, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Oaxaca, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Mexico City.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor, and examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mexico City day trip app.

You can fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Oaxaca, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

— 4 nights
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.
San Miguel de Allende is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, stroll around El Charco del Ingenio, pick up some new knowledge with Van Doren Metal Art Workshop, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Histórico Casa de Allende.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in San Miguel de Allende sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

— 3 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Boardwalk, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, Puerto Vallarta is somewhat warmer than San Miguel de Allende - with highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Jose del Cabo (Sillvermoon Gallery & Enrique Bascon, Galeria de Arte). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Cabo San Lucas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.