46 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Belize Itinerary

46 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Belize Itinerary

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46 days in Guatemala, Mexico & Belize Itinerary

Cancun, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Merida, Mexico
— 4 nights
shuttle:  3​h 15​min
Tulum, Mexico
— 7 nights
bus:  3​h
Bacalar, Mexico
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
Chetumal, Mexico
— Few hours
ferry:  4​h
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
El Remate, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h 15​min
Coban, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Huehuetenango, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Chichicastenango, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 6 nights
ferry:  45​min
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Tortugas, and then look for gifts at Plaza Las Americas.

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Getting from Oaxaca to Cancun by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oaxaca to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oaxaca in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cancun, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Merida.

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Playa Tortugas ©
Playa Tortugas
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Plaza Las Americas ©
Plaza Las Americas

4
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at Palacio del Gobernador (Governor's Palace) and Hacienda Yaxcopoil. Get in touch with nature at Mangroves of Dzinitun and Cenote Jardin del Eden. Change things up with these side-trips from Merida: Cenote Yokdzonot (in Yokdzonot) and Izamal Ruins (in Izamal). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional de Yucatán, Palacio Cantón, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Casa Museo Montes Molina, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nahualli Casa de los Artistas.

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Getting from Cancun to Merida by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or fly. When traveling from Cancun in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Merida, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Merida

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cenote Yokdzonot, Hacienda Yaxcopoil, Izamal Ruins, Cenote Jardin del Eden, Mangroves of Dzinitun
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Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot
Mangroves of Dzinitun ©
Mangroves of Dzinitun

7
days
Tulum, Mexico

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Visit Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and Las Pinturas for their historical value. Get outdoors at La Playa Xpuha and Zipline. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Aktun Chen (in Akumal), Playa del Carmen (Cenote Chaak Tun & Parque Los Fundadores) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Sac Actun, view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, and stop by La Llorona.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tulum sightseeing planner.

Drive from Merida to Tulum in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Merida in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tulum: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Aktun Chen, Ek Balam, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, La Playa Xpuha
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Parque Los Fundadores ©
Parque Los Fundadores
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha

2
days
Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. On the 9th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Pyramid of the Masks and then get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe.

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You can drive from Tulum to Bacalar in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tulum in March, expect Bacalar to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Chetumal.

Things to do in Bacalar

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Zona Arqueologica De Chaachoben, Lake Bacalar, Pyramid of the Masks
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Pyramid of the Masks ©
Pyramid of the Masks
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe

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Chetumal, Mexico

Chetumal
Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chetumal itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bacalar to Chetumal in an hour. March in Chetumal sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Caye Caulker.

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3
days
Caye Caulker, Belize

At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Shark Ray Alley will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Estuary of Caye Caulker and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get out of town with these interesting Caye Caulker side-trips: San Pedro (Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, Spas & Wellness, & more). There's more to do: shop like a local with Red Flower Gallery.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chetumal to Caye Caulker. Traveling from Chetumal to Caye Caulker, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March in Caye Caulker, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for Belize City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

San Pedro, Shark Ray Alley
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River Rafting & Tubing
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The Estuary of Caye Caulker ©
The Estuary of Caye Caulker

2
days
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Baron Bliss Lighthouse and then learn more about the world around you at St John's Cathedral. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Caribbean Spice Belize, then indulge your taste buds at Moho Chocolate, then explore the fascinating underground world of Belize adventure hunters, and finally make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Belize City trip itinerary builder .

Ride a ferry from Caye Caulker to Belize City in an hour. In March in Belize City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to El Remate.

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#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Nature
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St John's Cathedral ©
St John's Cathedral
Baron Bliss Lighthouse ©
Baron Bliss Lighthouse
Caribbean Spice Belize ©
Caribbean Spice Belize

2
days
El Remate, Guatemala

El Remate ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Yaxha. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Uaxactun and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Biotope Cahui.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read El Remate trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Belize City to El Remate takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in El Remate

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Yaxha National Park, Parque arqueologico uaxactun
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Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

2
days
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 19th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lanquin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and shuttle from El Remate to Lanquin takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Coban.

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Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

2
days
Coban, Guatemala

Coban ©
Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia and then take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Biotopo del Quetzal.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Coban travel route tool .

Traveling by shuttle from Lanquin to Coban takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Huehuetenango.

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Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal

1
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Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Huehuetenango ©
Huehuetenango is a city and a municipality in the highlands of western Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get great views at Mirador Juan Dieguez Olaverri and then explore by horseback at Unicornio Azul.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Huehuetenango online day trip planner .

Drive from Coban to Huehuetenango in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Huehuetenango when traveling from Coban in March, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Huehuetenango

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Unicornio Azul
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Mirador Juan Dieguez Olaverri ©
Mirador Juan Dieguez Olaverri

2
days
Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Chichicastenango ©
Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo and then contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichicastenango road trip planning tool .

Getting from Huehuetenango to Chichicastenango by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In March, Chichicastenango is a bit cooler than Huehuetenango - with highs of 26°C and lows of 6°C. You'll set off for Quetzaltenango on the 26th (Mon).

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Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj
Chichi Cemetery ©
Chichi Cemetery

3
days
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Quetzaltenango ©
Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Escape the urban bustle at Santa Maria Volcano and Santiaguito Volcano. Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral del Espiritu Santo and La Ermita de la Concepcion (La Conquistadora). There's more to do: stop by Ketzali Accessories and examine the collection at Lxkik Maya Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Quetzaltenango trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Chichicastenango to Quetzaltenango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Quetzaltenango are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 29th (Thu), you're off toSan Pedro La Laguna.

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Santiaguito Volcano ©
Santiaguito Volcano
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Catedral del Espiritu Santo ©
Catedral del Espiritu Santo

6
days
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

San Pedro La Laguna ©
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
Step out of the city life by going to Volcan Atitlan and Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Galeria Imox and Colonial Church. Change things up with these side-trips from San Pedro La Laguna: San Marcos La Laguna (Spas & Wellness & Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Peter, take in the awesome beauty at Indian Nose, and look for gifts at Lema Association.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna journey planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to San Pedro La Laguna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and ferry. March in San Pedro La Laguna sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 6°C at night. You'll set off for Panajachel on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, San Marcos La Laguna, Colonial Church, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Volcan Atitlan
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Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan
Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo ©
Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro

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.
On the 4th (Wed), get impressive views of Lake Atitlan and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Tzantizotz Nature Reserve.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Panajachel trip site .

You can ride a ferry from San Pedro La Laguna to Panajachel in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Panajachel, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Panajachel

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Convento Santa Clara and Antigua Tabaco Compania S.A.. Visit La Recoleccion and Palacio de los Capitanes Generales for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau DeFay in Santa Maria de Jesus (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, browse the eclectic array of goods at Caoba Farms, examine the collection at Casa del Jade, and get impressive views of Volcan de Agua.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Antigua vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Panajachel to Antigua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, Antigua is a bit warmer than Panajachel - with highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Antigua

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Valhalla Experimental Station, Chateau DeFay
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Caoba Farms ©
Caoba Farms
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
La Recoleccion ©
La Recoleccion

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