23 days in Guatemala, Nicaragua & Mexico City Itinerary

23 days in Guatemala, Nicaragua & Mexico City Itinerary

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23 days in Guatemala, Nicaragua & Mexico City Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Retalhuleu, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
4
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
5
Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
6
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

4
nights
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Cerro de la Cruz, & more). There's much more to do: meet the residents at La Aurora Zoo, see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Popol Vuh, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Guatemala City online trip maker .

Dublin, Ireland to Guatemala City is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and shuttle. Traveling from Dublin to Guatemala City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in July, things will get a bit warmer in Guatemala City: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Panajachel.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Antigua
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

2
nights
Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at Reserva Natural Atitlán, then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Arqueologico Azul Maya. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Solola Market, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Atitlan Gardens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Panajachel online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Guatemala City to Panajachel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July in Panajachel, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Panajachel

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Solola Market, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens

2
nights
Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a splash at Xocomil.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Retalhuleu itinerary planner .

Getting from Panajachel to Retalhuleu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Panajachel in July: high temperatures in Retalhuleu hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Theme Parks
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Xocomil ©
Xocomil

2
nights
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Retalhuleu to Tikal National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

3
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Leon is known for nature, museums, historic sites, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, get impressive views of Telica Volcano, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas, and stroll through Playa Poneloya.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Leon visit planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Tikal National Park to Leon takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Beaches
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Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

3
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the activities along Apoyo, head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, then contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho Volcano National Preserve, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read our Granada vacation planner.

You can drive from Leon to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Mexico City.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santiago of Managua Cathedral, Apoyo
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to Sian Ka'an to see Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve about 13 hours away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to Mexico City in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
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National Museum of Anthropology ©
National Museum of Anthropology
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Frida Kahlo Museum ©
Frida Kahlo Museum

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