39 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

39 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 7 nights
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 7 nights
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 7 nights
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Santa Maria Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parroquia San Jose and Church of Saint Luke. Go for a jaunt from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo to see Plaza Mijares about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Playa del Amor, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chileno Beach, and learn about winemaking at Cabo Winery Restaurant at Los Cabos Winery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas road trip site.

Toronto, Canada to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Toronto in December, expect Cabo San Lucas to be warmer, temps between 29°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

— 6 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Get outdoors at Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Los Arcos de Mismaloya. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Las Animas and Los Muertos Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Vallarta side-trips: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Sayulita) and Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and head off the coast to Marietas Islands.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Vallarta online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta takes 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 Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Mexico City, Mexico

— 6 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chapultepec Castle and Museo del Templo Mayor. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe and Paseo de la Reforma. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Coyoacan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), steep yourself in history at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and examine the collection at Museo Soumaya.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mexico City holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in December: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 26°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Antigua.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Antigua, Guatemala

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Iglesia de La Merced and Volcán Pacaya. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arco de Santa Catalina and Catedral de San Jose. Step out of Antigua to go to Guatemala City and see Paseo Cayala, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and look for gifts at La Casa del Algodon.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Antigua travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Antigua by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in December since evenings lows in Antigua dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park day trip planning site.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. On the 4th (Tue), you're off to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 7 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get in touch with nature at Paradise Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Relax by the water at La Playa Xpuha and Parque Los Fundadores. Venture out of the city with trips to Tulum (Climbing Tours & Gran Cenote), National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos (in Puerto Morelos) and Ecopark Kantun Chi (in Puerto Aventuras). There's much more to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, stroll through Chikin Ha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, and play a few rounds at IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen online journey planner.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Playa del Carmen in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tikal National Park to Playa del Carmen. In January, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Cozumel, Mexico

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Beach Cozumel and Santa Rosa Wall. Escape the urban bustle at Palancar Reef and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, get in on the family fun at Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park, see the vivid underwater world at Columbia Reef, and get outside with The Money Bar Beach Club.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Cozumel attractions website.

You can ride a ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Cozumel are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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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.