16 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

16 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

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16 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

Chicago, United States
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Chicago, United States

3
days
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Visit Museo del Templo Mayor and National Palace (Palacio Nacional) for their historical value. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and wander the streets of Coyoacan.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City day trip app .

Chicago, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Chicago in February: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 74°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chichen Itza.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor

1
day
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
On the 17th (Sat), explore the ancient world of El Castillo and then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza online visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Mexico City to Chichen Itza with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Chichen Itza is 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Chichen Itza: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
El Castillo ©
El Castillo

3
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ruins of Tulum and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Relax by the water at Playa Paraiso and Akumal Beach. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 19th (Mon) at Xel-Ha.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tulum trip planner .

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Tulum in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in February, with highs in Tulum at 79°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

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Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xel-Ha
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Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Tortugas, then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines.

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Traveling by car from Tulum to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February in Cancun, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Antigua.

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Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
Mercado 28 ©
Mercado 28

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stop by Casa de Artes, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, then stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Antigua online tour planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cancun to Antigua in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cancun in February, with highs in Antigua at 76°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Cozumel.

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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

3
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Columbia Reef. Kids will enjoy Playa Palancar and Palancar Reef. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get engrossed in the history at Discover Mexico Cozumel Park.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Cozumel trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Cozumel in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cozumel when traveling from Antigua in February, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

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Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve ©
Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve

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