33 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Belmopan Itinerary

33 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Belmopan Itinerary

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33 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Belmopan Itinerary

Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
Peten, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Tulum, Mexico
— 12 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Puerto Morelos, Mexico
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
Merida, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
Belmopan, Belize
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

6
days
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Casa de Gigantes and Casa de Artes. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Casa Santo Domingo and Palacio Nacional. Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Merced, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, look for gifts at La Casa del Algodon, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Antigua trip itinerery planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tegucigalpa, Honduras to Antigua. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tegucigalpa in December: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Panajachel.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

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Guatemala City
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Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

2
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo Azul Maya and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Venture out of the city with trips to Chichicastenango (Santo Tomas Church & Chichi Cemetery). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, look for gifts at Jenna's Galeria, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Traveling by bus from Antigua to Panajachel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Antigua in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Panajachel, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Peten.

Things to do in Panajachel

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Chichi Cemetery ©
Chichi Cemetery

3
days
Peten, Guatemala

Peten ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yaxha and Ruinas de Uaxactun. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ixpanpajul Nature Park and Catedral de Flores. Explore Peten's surroundings by going to Flores (Jorge's Rope Swing, Petencito Zoo, & more).

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Panajachel to Peten. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Peten

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

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Flores
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Petencito Zoo ©
Petencito Zoo
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun

12
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.
Let the collections at Casa de los Venados and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and El Castillo. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza), Valladolid (Convent de San Bernardino de Siena, Catedral de San Servasio, & more), Xpu-ha Beach (in Puerto Aventuras), Coba (Coba Ruins & Multum Ha Cenote) and Half Moon Bay (in Akumal). On the 24th (Sat), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Playa Paraiso. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Mayan Ruins of Tulum, look for all kinds of wild species at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akumal Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Xcacel Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Peten to Tulum with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Peten to Tulum. December in Tulum sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puerto Morelos.

Things to do in Tulum

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Valladolid, Akumal, Chichen Itza, Riviera Maya, Coba
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum

4
days
Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Puerto Morelos ©
A small seaport at the tip of Yucatan Peninsula, pleasant Puerto Morelos offers a good alternative for visitors seeking a quieter beach vacation with plenty of tourist amenities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Punta Sur and Tortugranja (Turtle Farm). We've included these beaches for you: Playa Norte and El Cuyo Beaches. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the vivid underwater world at Parque Nacional Arrecife Puerto Morelos - Puerto Morelos Reef, look for gifts at Alma Libre Bookstore, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Croco Cun Zoo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Morelos travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by taxi from Tulum to Puerto Morelos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Puerto Morelos can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Merida.

Things to do in Puerto Morelos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, El Cuyo Beaches
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Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Tortugranja (Turtle Farm) ©
Tortugranja (Turtle Farm)

1
day
Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, then see the interesting displays at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, then delve into the distant past at Dzibilchaltún, and finally stop by Taller Maya. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Merida Cathedral and then steep yourself in history at Palacio del Gobernador (Governor's Palace).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Merida travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Puerto Morelos to Merida in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Merida can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Belmopan.

Things to do in Merida

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Gran Museo del Mundo Maya ©
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Dzibilchaltún ©
Dzibilchaltún
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

1
day
Belmopan, Belize

Belmopan ©
Nicknamed the "Garden City" thanks to its planned urban parklands, Belmopan serves as the capital of Belize and a launching point for tours of nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
On the 10th (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at St Herman's Cave, and then look for gifts at Art Box Arts & Crafts Center.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Belmopan itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Merida to Belmopan. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Merida to Belmopan. In January, daytime highs in Belmopan are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums
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St Herman's Cave ©
St Herman's Cave
Art Box Belize arts & crafts center ©

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